This chapter explores the dynamic and cooperative nature of oral traditions by analyzing an account of Leschi's life as told by several Native storytellers over the course of a century. Nisquallies claimed to have maintained a story of Leschi over generations that served as a counter narrative to non-Indians' history while transmitting unique values. From Native perspectives, Leschi's story can impact people and teach them how to fulfill responsibilities to their ancestors and children. The assertion of a counter narrative, despite the significant amount of borrowing and reciprocal influences in histories of Leschi, represents a claim to a separate Nisqually identity. The chapter shows how “history” and “justice” are culturally situated in Native memory traditions and can function as a crucial element in tribal political action.
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