Benteeneast wrote: > The RCOI in itself is not as important as being able to fix a time beyond which accounts begin to grow in ones mind.
Agreed! But it is very difficult to determine. Besides, if I may believe Adams in RR24 (and I'm inclined to do so) there is a relation between memory and culture. The Sioux don't (or didn't) tell themselves stories about the past but each other - memory is (was) collective memory.
In his article also in RR 24 Fred uses an interesting criterion: what the interviewee or autobiographer says shouldn't add to or detract from the importance or performance of the individual. The problem with this criterion is that one should already know what the importance or performance of the interviewee or autobiographer is.
The only set of data that can be considered to be the fundamental source are the proceedings of RCOI, and for at least the following reasons: 1) it was not too long after the event 2) it was not about the conduct of the 7th, only about Reno's conduct 3) the setting was a formal one: court, superiors and colleagues were present 4) a number of participants of the blbh were asked more or less the same questions under the same conditions.
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