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Explorations in Ethnic Studies
Brito's article draws a necessary contrast between the purpose and function of American Indian chants, and the American Indian's descent into modern poetry. The latter is an idiom that can only voice anger and frustration: it symbolizes a spirit imprisoned, forced to protest through a borrowed medium because it seems to be the only one that the western mind can understand.
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