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oral tradition = the spoken culture and history of people, passedNative American headress down from one generation to the next


myth = an explanatory story about how gods, customs, the world, animals, or events began


 metaphor = a direct comparison of two things which seem to be different but which have similarities

   (Example: The snow is a white blanket covering the ground. A blanket is warm and snow is cold, but both cover things)drum


rhythm = a pattern of sound


onomatopoeia = the creation or use of words which imitate sounds (Ex: pow, buzz)