Assimilation forces people to learn new cultures, which usually ends with a choose being made between which of the cultures to follow. Many Native Americans went through assimilation and were not accepted by the white man and even their own people. Zitkala Sa had a hard time maintaining both her culture and the new culture being taught to her. This is exhibited in her short story The Soft-Hearted Sioux where she used a boy to mask that the story relates to her and displayed the struggles the boy went through. The purpose of writing the short story is to teach people what assimilation does to Native Americans while she attempts to resist it through words.
Alexie and Sa both share the ideas of the Native American assimilation story and the hardships that follow assimilation. Through separation, finding themselves, and “loosing spirit”, Sa and Alexie find themselves at different stages of growth. With a key concept of hair and honor they relate what it is like to be pushed into an unfamiliar culture. Both having pressures to cut their hair and going through Indian schools set up be the federal government. Therefore their literary merit is similar in the purpose to tell their experience immersed in American culture.
Zitkala-Sa: An analysis In the early 1900s, Native Americans went through a period of assimilation; That is, they were forced into adapting to American culture and customs. There were many methods to achieve this assimilation, including putting Native American children in US schools to teach them American ideals and values and to really Americanize them. One of these children was Zitkala-Sa, who was a Native American child that went through a US boarding school, where she did her best to resist the American assimilation and subsequent eradication of her culture. She was unable to, and in the process, demonstrated that the impact that boarding schools had on Native Americans was one of terror and indoctrination, which did not bode well for
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As the wild west opened, so did new opportunities for American to strike it rich. But with the wild west opening up for the Americans, Indian lands were being encroached for railroads and homesteads. Indians were being pushed into reservations, their children sent to assimilation schools such a the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. In the horrors of American assimilation targeted at young Native American children, many children would face the struggle of losing their identity or face punishment of resisting assimilation. In the assimilation stories of Zitkala Sa’s Impressions of an Indian Childhood and Sherman Alexie’s Indian Education, tells the tale of their childhood experience being integrated into “American culture”.
The Native Americans were originally suspicious of the foreigners but gradually tolerated the foreigners. "The Indians in the neighborhood, warned of our coming, came out to meet us, so confident, it seemed, and certain our friendship that they brought all their women." ("Diary of the Portola Expedition" 5) The natives walked straight into their camp and offered sardines. Portola's party accepted the sardines and reciprocated with glass beads and clothing. Most tribes in the region were very friendly and welcomed the foreigners.
How did the lives of Native Americans change as a result of contact with Europeans? In today’s year and age,we are honor to enjoy and absorb other countries’ culture. Recently,a famous country singer in America--Taylor Swift,her song “love story “shows a background culture of Europe.Regardless this,most culture of America can be found in Europe’s culture.In fact,the lives of native Americans change as a result of contact with Europeans. The famous traditional festival in America--Thanksgiving day can be dated back to seventeenth century.In that age,there were ten of thousands of Europeans on the grounds of various reasons sailed to America.The Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock in 1620.Their first winter was devastating.so when they had
When the Native Americans were left to their own devices, the amount of students chasing undergraduate degrees, especially focused in the field of education. (Lomawaima & McCarty, pg. 288) I think this is sufficient evidence to show that students who have value placed on their education as a tool to change their culture and their future. These authors would have been excited at the prospect of this change and the future of indigenous education. But as oppressive societies tend to do, further action was taken in order to ‘help’ the Native Americans, when in reality they were inflicting further damage unto these population.