Similarities and Differences Between Native American Cultures
Native Americans are indigenous peoples that lived throughout the continent for
thousands of years before the Europeans began exploring the "New World" circa the 15th
century. Native American literature and speeches often reveal many similarities with other
peoples and cultures, as well as containing information that confirms their own distinct culture
and identity. "Speech of Logan" and "Speech of Red Jacket," both anguished speeches
presented by Native American leaders who faced opposition during America's westward
expansion, demonstrate many similarities and also differences between the two cultures, in
addition to enclosing key facts that expose universal characteristics about Native Americans.
There are many differences between "Speech of Logan" and "Speech of Red Jacket." First,
"Speech of Logan" is in third person and expresses a less educated tone than that of Red
Jacket's speech, which is in the first person and appears more fluid and articulate.
in "Speech of Logan," Logan does not call his people "red" like Red Jacket does several
times. This is a white man's term. Third, Logan's speech does not contain any religious or
spiritual reference, but Red Jacket's does. For example, Red Jacket states, "It was the will
of the Great Spirit that we should meet together..." and "The Great Spirit...created the
buffalo, the deer, and other animals for food" and "...the Great Spirit will protect you on
your journey". Fourth, in "Speech of Logan," Logan ironically takes revenge on the whites
for their actions, whereas in "Speech of Red Jacket," no such counteraction is taken, he
seeks peace through verbal resolution. Lastly, the basis for the two speeches is completely
different. "Speech of Logan" pertains to the murderous actions taken by Col. Cresap, while
"Speech of Red Jacket" is a response to the...