The historical cowboy strike of 1883 was led by Tom Harris, a ranch hand at the LS ranch in Tascosa, Texas. Harris was tired of being controlled by ranches that were owned by corporations only interested in monetary wealth, specifically five major ranches: the LIT, the LX, the LS, the LE, and the T Anchor. Additionally, the ranch owners were establishing new rules that did not allow cowboys to receive calves as part of their pay, brand mavericks, or run small herds on their employers’ land. Many cowboys felt cheated by these new laws and believed that they solely benefitted ranch owners (Zeigler).
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee- Charles Eastman Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a novel the describes the history of the struggles between the Native Americans and the Europeans in the late 19th century written by Dee Brown. In 2007, a movie was produce based on the novel. The storyline of the movie is centered around four main characters: Charles Eastman, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud and Henry L. Dawes. Through different perspectives, the film wish to accurately depict the struggle of the Native Americans in their resettlements and the history of the massacre of the Natives at a place called the Wounded Knee.
In the novel, Shell Shaker, it is evident to the reader the importance and influence of race on the plot line. LeAnne Howe uses her characters and their stories to critique notions of racism against Native Americans, but also to challenge those notions by representing Choctaws in a different light. LeAnne Howe’s critique of racism towards Native Americans can best be seen in the storyline of the D’Amato brothers and the Casino of the Sun. The article Indian Casinos captures the racism and extreme measures of inequality that many Native Americans experience through the works of casinos taking place in their home. The article also states how the casinos revenue is then controlled by non-Indian corporate financiers (Indian Casinos, 1).
Miller also provides a historical overview of the native residents of the Tohono O’odham Tribal Nation. The Tohono O’odham Nation lies on the border between the United States and Mexico. It has become the frontline in America’s battle for border surveillance. The border surveillance apparatus has impacted the O’odhamians whose aboriginal land extends well into Mexico and has been bisected by an international boundary they never wanted. To strengthen his argument, he gathered a considerable number of anecdotes from Indians, where they claimed that the residents have experienced the human rights violations by the Border Patrol agents including bodily injuries and verbal threats He also mentioned tail gating, blinding spotlights, arrests and deportations
Petalesharo’s writing reflected the treatment of Native Americans during the 1800s. Being a Native American himself, Petalesharo was able to give perspective on a point in history typically viewed from a white man’s opinion. The excerpt “Petalesharo” explains how the Native American was able “to prevent young women captured by other tribes from being sacrificed”, making Petalesharo well liked by the Americans (588). Petalesharo gave the “Speech of the Pawnee Chief” infront of Americans to convey the differences between Native Americans and Americans through emotion, logic, and credibility, which showed how the two groups will never be the same, but still can coexist in the world together.
The film, Reel Injun reveals a distortion of the way Hollywood sees Native American life through comedy and the real way Native Americans live which changes according to the current times. Neil Diamond sets out on a journey across America to figure out where the incorrect image of Natives arose from, all signs pointing towards Hollywood. Dozens of films recreate the way Americans believe Natives live as savages and wear costumes and decorated headpieces with feathers, but Hollywood does not show the true spiritual side and the meaning of why they live the way they do as true to their own culture and assimilated to the American culture as well. US history negatively affects Native American live which lead to the image of Natives to be clouded by imagination through film, changed the way Natives viewed themselves and expect to live, and misshaped the view we now have for Natives.
Mystery Train’s mise en scene focuses on the differences in the characters journeys. By adding in recurring themes and objects Jarmusch separates the characters even though they are all in the same place. Throughout the film Elvis is a strong theme in each characters story. For Mitsuko and Jun Elvis is a constant source of debate with Mitsuko idealizing him and even believing there to be an abstract connection between the rock star, Madonna and the Statue of Liberty while Jun argues that Carl Perkins is the true king of rock ‘n roll. In the room where Luisa stays, by chance, with Johnny’s ex-girlfriend, Dee Dee, there is also a picture of Elvis – there is one in every room – which causes Dee Dee to reveal her story of dating someone nicknamed Elvis (Johnny).
In The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Sherman Alexie displays many stereotypes about Native Americans through different short stories throughout the book. Native Americans are constantly being defined by these stereotypes whether there negative ones or positive ones. In the story The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore Alexie uses the stereotype of Native Americans being mother-earthly as in worshipping the sun, known as sun-worshipping. This stereotype came from early European settlers in America who observed the Native Americans raising their hands up in the air in the form of praying. The Europeans misinterpreted this as worshiping the sun or sun-worshipping.
The Cherokee Removal The Americans of European ancestry often have described Native Americans as primitive, savage, and even and uncivilized. In this this paper I will provide primary evidence that supports what the Americans believed about the Natives, along with their few false accusations. I will also discuss how the Cherokee removal affected the natives during their journey along with afterwards. Before the removal was enforced, an upper class Cherokee, son of a warrior, John Ridge gave details on the Cherokee nation and how they are changing their lifestyles because of Americans.
Many Indians fought to preventing the government from invading their sovereign land and resisted being force onto reservation. Both Flight and Selma used vivid imagery to show the violence of the oppressor. Alexie’s Flight was full of vivid brutal imagery that helps the reader understand the violent to which the native people up against. Zits, the narrator in Flight mysteriously transported back to 1970s in the body of FBI agent named Hank Storm. When he witnesses one of the agent describing the Native Americans as “The asshole of America” (Alexie 46).
Jessica Hurdubei August 19, 2015 Mrs. Meredith AP Language & Composition Reading response to Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie Intro: The audience intended in the novel Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie , are most likely Native Americans or those who enjoy a good book with plot twists. This because the book is biased, favoring Native Americans, and Rock n Roll. Through the novel, many upsetting things occur on the Spokane Indian Rez. The tone of the novel is humorous and insensitive.
Print. Sherman Alexie weaves a tale of stereotypes, fiction, and American Indian culture. His stories of American Indian life on the Reservation move between fact and fiction. The author gives detailed accounts of life with alcoholic parents through his main character. O 'Connell, Joan, et al.
Sharon Olds’ poem, “Rite of Passage”, describes the mother’s concerns of the boys at her son’s birthday party. Through the author’s symbols, syntax, and imagery, the speaker asks the reader to contemplate how society expects young boys to be men by being violent and intimidating. In the poem the boys at the son’s party act like generals and are skeptical of each other and try to convince each other that they are the ‘stronger man’. The author’s detail furthers the tension between the tumultuous transition between child and adolescents.
Walter Dean Myers won the Coretta Scott King award for African American author five times. Myers was originally named Walter Milton Myers but he adopted the middle name “Dean” to honor Florence and Herbert the parents that raised him after his mother passed away when he was 18 months and his father sent him to live with Florence and Herbert Dean. Walter Dean Myers was born in August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia and died July 1, 2014 in Manhattan, New York city, New York. When he was a child his life involved his neighborhood and church, the neighborhood protected him and the church him, and also had a speech impediment that made communicating very difficult for him.