By M. Patterson
The AmericanIndian tradition consisted of particular customs and traditions that regulated every little thing from who may lead the tribes to who could marry in the tribes. They saved distinct, distinct debts in their tribal histories simply because they foresaw the significance of passing down their histories.
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