In this article, Fay Yarbrough discusses the legislation passed by the Cherokee in order to control the marital options and choices of their women. Yarbrough begins by explaining the role of Cherokee women with regards to marriage, especially to non-Cherokee men, and the Cherokee laws policing sex and marriage. She then discusses the racial implications of those laws, specifically the laws regulating marriage with people of African descent. Yarbrough concludes by addressing Cherokee legislative provisions that include whites as viable marriage partners. She argues that through these marriage laws, Cherokee officials attempted to racially redefine the Cherokee people, aligning themselves closer to the white race and distancing themselves from those of African descent.
Native-American Literature Scholars, Larry Evers and Paul Pavlich believe that such stories "remind the people of who and what they are, why they are in this particular place, and how then should continue to live here. " The story of the World on Turtle 's Back effectuates these qualities through the significant cultural traditions of the Iroquois tribe, as well as the ways that the culture views the world. Each of the Native-American tribes have a distinct, extensive culture that they hold extremely sacred. The Iroquois tribe clearly demonstrate this, they
I believe Erdrich book moves away from stereotypes and describes nineteenth-century Native Americans as individuals with rich traditions and customs. Erdrich is able to describe the Native American culture during the Westward Expansion of the United States in a realistic and sympathetic way through the eyes of an Ojibwa Indian girl. She also personalizes this story with her own drawings as a testimony of her Native American family roots.
In the article “Ancestry in a drop of Blood” by Karen Kaplan points out factors that relate to individuals with Indian descents. Marilyn Vann, who is an engineer from Oklahoma city was rejected by tribal officials who arguably claimed that Vann is black, not Indian. On the other hand, Marilyn Vann indicates that she has credible evidence from her birth certificates, tribal enrollment cards, land deeds, affidavits, yellowing photographs that document her family 's life within the tribe. After being rejected by tribe officials, Vann turned to DNA testing, which is a technology that is agitating Indian tribes all around the United States. From California to Connecticut, tribes and potential tribe members are dealing with the development of technology
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.
The power of stories manifests itself in literature, film, and more generally life. Stories inspire, provide hope, and bring understanding. Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony permeates the strength of stories. Ceremony follows the story of Tayo, a half white Native American plagued by the invasion of European culture, as well as his own past of war and loss. However, through the folk stories of his Laguna culture, as well as the advice he has been given to embrace his past, Tayo is able to see the world more clearly.
The Cherokee Nation was a civilized and sophisticated culture that thrives for hundreds of years, prior to European settlement. The influence of the white man on the people became more prevalent as the years passed, and unfortunately, the Cherokee began to integrate their ways with the European settlers. The Cherokee began to assimilate to European religion, trade, livestock handling; and overall began to shift their entire culture around the white influence. However, in modern times it is possible to find a pure ‘bred’ and fully practicing Cherokee family- moreover, they are considered indigenous. Sarah Sargent in her article, Truth and Consequences: Law, Myth and Metaphor in American Indian Contested Adoption, reveals the myths and truths
That is, examination of Lakota Woman will enable the individual - Mary Crow Dog in this specific dissection – to understand how her biography is connected to the structure and history of Native American society. Additionally, it will help demonstrate why unemployment, alcoholism, and poor health among Native Americans have sociological causes. In using the sociological imagination to explain alcoholism in Native American life today, a personal trouble must be identified. Mary Crow Dog states that she began to drink because it was the natural way of life (45).
1. It is previously stated on page … that the Native people consider that nature as a holy and living thing which has spirit. a. Grandmother Willow is personified and gendered as female. i. In Pocahontas, the first time that John Smith meets her, he mentions her by using human’s pronoun, “her” (00:49:19) b. Since the natural environment is regarded as a living thing, they are respected as equal in rights as humans. i. In Pocahontas, when Smith is pointing his gun to a big bear, Pocahontas stops him from
Moreover, Lorde states in Sister Otsider: Essays and Speeches that; “Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world.” (Lorde 115).
In Oglala Women, Myth, Ritual and Reality, Marla Powers portraits a powerful Native American community- Oglala, one of the main tribes of the Lakota (allied people) alliance located on the Oglala Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. They are known for being one of the biggest reservations in the United States who won the war in 1868 against the United States. In this book, Powers focuses on the women’s role within their community and how their sacred traditions and religion shaped their culture. Therefore, by using various readings on Lakota practices, this paper will examine the gender roles in Oglala culture in terms of marriage, religion and the effect that Americanization and Christianity have had on their culture and how they compare
This clothing was made by Januwa Moja. This Medicine Shirt was created to be a prayer and with the intention of the shirt bringing healing and consciousness to the younger generation. The Medicine Shirt was mentioned to have been inspired by the powerful “Ghost Dance” shirts of the Native American Indian. This artwork was very fascinating because when the Medicine shirt is worn, people believe that they would be invincible to the bullets of their enemy. The Size of this clothing is 25” x42”.
Jay Rosentein took a look at the long time practice of honoring Native American’s as mascots and team names in sports whether professional levels or college teams. He gives us insight that it is not only about using the natives as mascots but the issue at hand of racism, minority representation and stereotypes. This film is more than the practice of utilizing Indians as mascots, it is about culture identity and how we should all change to make a difference. In this documentary we follow Charlene Teters, the leader some have called her the Rosa Parks of Native Americans and her struggles to protect her identity and cultural symbols.
Rebekah Michell Favassa Ferreira May 2,2017 3 Tecumseh ( Shooting Star ) Tecumseh was one of the first Indian leaders that desired peace with the settlers and pursued it. He was a leader with great power who could persuade people to come together and seek a higher good. He believed in joining all Indians under a single nation. His charisma was to gather many of the tribes together to negotiate for Indian land with the settlers.
As part of my ongoing quest to understand the intersectional and multi-faceted world we live in, I was drawn to the McIntosh reading “White Privilege:Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” and its powerful commentary on racial biases affecting women in our modern world. I loved the way she spoke about the many simple things that she as a white person doesn’t need to worry about as a default, which non-white people wouldn’t,like the assumption that her tax audits would be executed fairly and without ludicrous scrutiny. This reading inspired me to venture out into my home town and look for an event that spoke to the same issues. I found myself in a small art gallery which was featuring various pieces by indigenous women. The exhibit had a particular focus on the