Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Winter, James P.,


Speech Communication.



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It was in 1744 that Vico, in his book New Science, first outlined the differences between the oral and written traditions and put his favour with the former. In Canada this area of study has most effectively been pursued by scholar Harold Adams Innis who, during the course of his lifetime, contributed the notions of time, space, and balance to our understanding of empire and social organization and the influence of the primary means of communication on its development. Innis found the culture of Ancient Greece to be that which most exemplified the life-giving characteristics of oral culture. However, he need not have travelled so far in space and time to find that exceptional example of the democracy and humanity fostered by a culture primarily based in orality, as the Native Indians of North America could attest. This thesis is an historical study of the Iroquois of North America, including their customs, lifestyle, and world-view before the arrival of the Europeans, and a critical study regarding the ways in which Iroquoian (and thus North American) life changed after the spread of European culture, here represented by Christianity, capitalism, and literacy. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .M667. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-04, page: 0947. Chairperson: James P. Winter. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.