I much prepare a lesson differentiating primary/secondary sources, and their functions, and usually this is clear cut, but I ran into a case that challenges me, and also is relevant to the course subject.
I was on a tour of a Native American site and the tour guide explained how her ancestors passed down stories that they estimate took place 30 generations ago, prior to written language, and 300 years prior to the arrival of any Europeans. These are stories the grandparents tell to the children often. The specific story told where they used to live, their story of abandoning their old home, and creating their new home, which is the location of their current reservation.
Would such a story be considered within the real of history, even though it is not written down? And would that be considered a primary source or a secondary source?