The Importance of Myth and Oral Traditions

Lady in the rain

Episode 30 has dropped ( a while ago now) and it’s chocked full of Ken and I ranting about how important Myth, Oral Traditions, and even local lore can be to archaeologists and archaeology as a field. 

I know that I harp a lot about the misunderstood and misused records of Native American mythology, but there’s a good reason for it. Too often the fringe likes to turn to the myths and oral traditions of a random tribe in order to try and support a story they are trying to sell. The problem they inadvertently run into is taking a myth or oral tradition out of context.

Context, as we know, is Queen, much like the GPS is God. When you chose to ignore context, you can make up anything you want and probably find something out there to support it. That doesn’t make it true or correct, and the refusal to see that is just insulting at best. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen or read some fringe theorists spouting off about how they know more about what a Native tradition “really meant” than the living decedents of that tradition. What’s more is by trying to force traditions that aren’t yours to fit your favorite story, you’re missing out on actual information that is being conveyed via these rich and varied traditions.

So give the episode a listen, or a second listen, and let us know what you think!


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  1. I just heard the Mima Mounds podcast. I live not to far from them and had never heard of them. Ken is very right to be concerned about Connecticut Woodchucks developing weapons – Small, cute furry creatures armed with stone tipped spears? -EWOKS! If they can destroy an Imperial Walker who knows what else they can do. Hey, I have a great idea. If you can track down the guy or gal who designed the tee shirts you can sue George Lucas for copyright infringement! If you win it will be solid gold tools for everyone and a never ending tab at the pub! Keep up the great work, I just love the podcast.

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