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Winnebago Trickster Tales

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The Winnebago Trickster Cycle Throughout history many people have tried to put themselves above nature. Most of the time people end up finding out that nature isn’t something to take for granted. Having stories to teach lessons to future generations is critical. That is why The Winnebago Trickster Cycle came into existence for the tribe. By keeping the story’s characters names simple like Trickster, it makes the story much easier to relate to its intended audience. Trickster definitely lived out his name in both stories, which had to do with nature. Between the two texts, The Winnebago Trickster Cycle 23-25 was more effective at teaching the lesson, that no one should put themselves above nature.
Although humans are the superior beings on this planet, nature always finds a way to remind people how insignificant humans really are. Whether it is an outbreak of tornados, or just a really bad case of poison ivy, nature finds a way to remind. Trickster shows that side people think that they are indestructible. Nature also has a way of warning people of what is to come. An example of this today would be kids playing outside while there is thunder. In the beginning of this travel Trickster gets his warning. While on his second journey in the story, he comes upon a voice. The voice said, “He who chews me will defecate; he will defecate!”(108). Trickster then comes to find out that it is a bulb on a bush that is saying this. This is an example of nature warning him, ahead of time, about the consequences of eating the bulb. Trickster, being the arrogant man he is, doesn’t heed the warning by the bush and eats the bulb. This shows just how much this story can still be related to children today. Most children when told not to do something, they will still do it, no matter the consequences.
After eating the bulb, Trickster continues on his journey. He keeps commenting on how...

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