The Boy And The Loon Analysis

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While the traditional First Nations tale known as The Boy and the Loon is important in First Nations oral storytelling tradition, it also plays a significant role in today’s modern culture. Though aspects of the story may not be relatable in the age of technology, the underlying themes and messages have an impact on society. The main themes throughout the story include tolerance and acceptance. To summarize the plot, when a once handsome and noble boy falls ill, he is disproved from his community, becoming depressed and ultimately attempting suicide. However, after he is saved and healed by the Loon Chief, the boy returns to his community as a shaman, healing the sick and aiding those in need. Both the community and the boy learn to be accepting and tolerant of those around them. These ideas are important in modern society as racism and hatred is radiating throughout the world. Nowadays, people are not accepting of different races, sexualities and personal preferences. While this story does not address differing races or sexualities, it exhibits the…show more content…
One of the many aspects of Native American storytelling is the strong underlying themes or messages that exist in all Native American stories. As these stories were used to teach important life lessons to many generations of indigenous people, it is clear that these stories are a successful way to demonstrate acceptable behaviours and ideal ways of life. In the modern world, most everyone is seeking peace. Another aspect of Native American stories are peaceful conclusions to most stories. Sharing these stories with people around the world, would have a lasting impact, spreading the important messages and traits found within the narratives. These messages may encourage people to live in such a way that would eradicate many global issues, coming closer to finding
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