Just what is a cult novel? Well, like so many literary terms, the edges blur whenever you try to look right at them, but in the end, you sort of know one when you read one. Sometimes a cult novel i…
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Edward Curtis - The North American Indian
“In 1906, J. P. Morgan provided Curtis with $75,000 to produce a series on the North American Indian. The work was to be in 20 volumes with 1,500 photographs.
Morgan’s funds were to be disbursed over five years and were earmarked to support only fieldwork for the books, not for writing, editing, or production of the volumes. Curtis himself would receive no salary for the project, which was to last more than 20 years.
Curtis’s goal was not just to photograph, but to document, as much American Indian (Native American) traditional life as possible before it disappeared.
He wrote in the introduction to his first volume in 1907:
The information that is to be gathered…respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost.
Curtis made over 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Indian language and music.
He took over 40,000 photographic images from over 80 tribes.
He recorded tribal lore and history, and he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, ceremonies, and funeral customs.
He wrote biographical sketches of tribal leaders, and his material, in most cases, is the only written recorded history although there is still a rich oral tradition that documents history.”
1. Klamath Indian at Crater Lake
2. Two Whistles, Apsaroke
3. Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon
7. Bear Bull - Blackfoot
8. Red Cloud
9. Apache Gaun
10. Offering to the Sun - San Ildefonso
What a picture of Indian character this affords: a mere infant starting out alone into the fastnesses of the mountain wilds, to commune with the spirits of the infinite, a tiny child sitting through the night on a lonely mountain-top, reaching out its infant’s hands to God! On distant and near-by hills howl the coyote and the wolf. In the valleys and on the mountain side prowl and stalk all manner of animals. Yet alone by the little fire sits the child listening to the mysterious voices of the night.
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Blog post 56B-4
As I finish my fourteenth year of teaching (6 years in AP Lit,) it is apparent to me that I am a type of teacher that is willing to make adjustments to improve the education of the students, especially this year. I felt that this year in particular was my best year of teaching, and I’m making this conclusion because I feel that this year’s set of students were that spectacular. They, like any collection, complained about how much they hated school, however these students never complained about work or reading or writing during my class. Yes, they struggled with all three like most years, but their complaining was bare minimum. Either I’m getting older and things like that don’t bother me as much, or they were genuinely intrigued with how the class went. This year in particular I received an outpouring of appreciation – it was abnormal for me only because I tend to be the bad guy in class. This year the students were so thankful that I broke new ground with them in terms of thinking and how to see the world DIFFERENTLY.
One of the tough things about teaching AP Lit is the philosophical component. If you want to be successful, you have to rattle the underpinnings of student foundations. Yes, if a student believes in God, you ultimately respect that, however Literature is “the metaphor for life” and therefore we need to see, empathize, and castigate those characters which connect to our daily lives. It’s always amusing to see students ask me about my faith, or my non-faith, and I always tell them that it would absolutely ruin the credibility of the class if I put my own beliefs in the class. I am Socrates (remember – metaphor here) and we question everything. Literature is about the questions, not the answers. Sure, some people turn off by thinking about things that are uncomfortable, or they’ll make a mockery of it by cleverly trying to shoot quips or find loopholes, because there always are. It’s up to the student to decide whether my thoughts are worthy of investigating, or are completely bogus.
With me being the English teacher, my claim to fame is that I’m always the teacher they “thank later,” being that, when they start to find their place in the world, and have more time to think about things, these thoughts will cross their mind, and they’ll remember “at least briefly” that we talked about those ideas, about the meaning of life, how time works to our own limitations, artificial intelligence, and other metaphysical ruminations. What’s weird is my class is starting to come into place as a place of ideas, which I want to have happen. We use the literature not as a coercion to learn, but as a support to these ideas that dwell throughout their senior year.
Overall, I had a real successful year, I don’t even care what are on the AP scores.