“The government’s assimilation policy sought to destroy Native nations’ cultural and political identities by replacing them with Anglo – American norms of behavior (108).” This started with Native American children. They sent them to off-reservation boarding schools where they taught Anglo- American culture curriculum and emphasized on teaching them the value of marriage, family, and gender roles. To break the bond between a native child and their parents, Indian service employees acted as surrogate parents to these children.
It would have been absolutely fascinating if the reading went into depth about the way the ancestors decided the technique of place name and weather or not they used the same techniques for common objects. Another weakness in the reading was how little was spent in language and its significance within the culture. Whether or not their ancestors created new words as they settled into the new land and if they had certain rules to it like they did when naming their resources. It was mentioned that by specking the Apache language one was like “quoting-the speech of their early ancestors” and with such a point, it would have been interesting on how the current Apaches carry on the legacy of their ancestors whether it is through language, way of living, or
The purpose of the author in Coming of Age in the Dawnland from 1491 is to inform us readers about how there was a misinterpretation in which many people thought the Indians were barbarians. Also that Europeans and the Indian settlers did not have much differences in contrast they had lots of similarities. I say this because from my knowledge about the Indians they try to make them seem like savages. For example, “The primary goal of Dawnland education was molding character. Men and women were expected to be brave, hardy, honest, and uncomplaining” (pg.29 182-183 This quote makes them seem as if they are trained to be destructively disciplined.
Mackenzie Musser Miss Given English 11 Honors February 5, 2018 Response #3 Through The Poisonwood Bible, storytelling is presented in many different ways. In each chapter we were exposed to a different type of story from the next. Together they all make sense, but each and every single one of them are different in their own ways. The Poisonwood Bible really emphasizes the importance of storytelling, what is the purpose of memories if we aren’t going to share them? When going to Kongo the Price family is introduced to a whole other world, one of which storytelling is vital.
The attraction offered an aestheticized representation of Native Americans as savages and hired Native Americans to play “authentic” Indians. Although the Oconaluftee Indian Village and Historyland serve different interests, they have a similar effect on the tourist. Through representations of history in staged performances, a transmission of culture occurs between spectators and performers that creates “a cultural exchange where ‘otherness’ and ‘American-ness’ were negotiated.” American tourists gaze at the exoticized “other” in order to establish the “self” and produce an American identity that does not include the “other.” This construction and reaffirmation of the “self” occurs in both attractions despite the different interests because both attractions exoticize Native Americans. Native Americans are aware of this transmission and, to the extent that they can, control which aspects of their culture and religion to transmit and which to withhold from audiences. The cultural exchange can negatively impact Native Americans because they can be seen as so different that they are excluded from modern American society.
"How much of this history do you need to own?" I feel as a white person that I own all the history listed above. I may not have been the person to enforced any of this but I feel that I 'm indirectly responsible for what happened. Overtime the white man saw the Lakota as second rate compared to them and we treated them as such. All the treaties that were signed were either broken or a loophole was found to go around the treaty.
In the commentary, “Using Native American Folktales in the Classroom”, by Debbie Reese and the piece, “The Way to Rainy Mountain”, by Scott Momaday, authenticity is very important between these controversial articles. Establishing the authenticity of a text to be used in a high school classroom is imperative before assigning the text to be read by students. In commentaries by different authors, the authors depict Native Americans in many different ways. Before reading these articles students should establish the authenticity of the pieces of literature. In Reese 's article, she talks about how children should really know the history of Native Americans not just what they looked like based on pop culture.
Before, they had been force to convert, and they fight to retain their beliefs, and now the fight continues with many sacrifices along the way. The sweat lodge is one such ritual that many Native Americans are ferociously defending. The sweat lodge ritual is more than a ritual for purification and for change. It evolved into becoming a space for Native Americans to create a pan-native identity that unites all their struggles. Unfortunately, it also becomes a new mean of profit and many are selling the ritual for monetary gains.
Some Americans believed assimilation was a good thing, but Natives like the leader Sitting Bull thought the opposite. In document four he says “If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place.” He’s saying that he is an Indian and no one should try and change who he is. In 1887, the Dawes act was passed, this forced Native Americans to be more like whites. It made them farm with whites and send their children off to American boarding schools. In the boarding schools, their children learned how to farm, do manual labor, and how to speak English.
While reading the article "Teaching American Indian Studies to Reflect American Indian Ways of Knowing and to Interrupt Cycles of Genocide," it dawned on me that I am a non-Indian who has learned little to no information regarding American Indian culture. The little information I have gathered was either from an American textbook in elementary school or films like Pocahontas, which I assume does not depict the American Indian culture accurately. As I continued to read I was thinking that if American Indians are going to "function in mainstream culture" shouldn 't the culture they are mainstreaming into be knowledgeable about their culture? As a future teacher, I have learned that it is important for teachers to understand, appreciate and be
For this project I will be studying the a myth from Native American culture. Native American culture is very expansive and diverse, so I will be studying and discussing a myth from a more remote tribe, known as the Quileute, which is located in the Northwestern area of what is now known as La Push, Washington. The Quileute myth that I will be focusing on is that of human origin. More specifically, I will be examining the element responsible for human creation according to the Quileute Tribe. By the end of my study, I expect to have gained detailed knowledge about what or who was responsible for human creation, along with how the creation of humans transpired.
The war games, mind games, and the final battle were much more vivid in the movies. Special effects are powerful in any movie, but they were especially important in this movie as the scenes were so different from our experiences. The novel described the scenes, but the movie made you feel the emotions more strongly. This was really true in the final “game” when Ender realized he had just wiped out an entire
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. Teters states, “Our people paid with their lives to keep what little we have left….and that is what I am protecting.”
While both Dowd and Calloway both touch on accommodation and resistance in their writings, it is very prevalent that They both lean towards one way. I believe that Dowd leans more towards resistance, while Calloway chooses to touch on accommodation. Dowd chooses to look at resistance through the eyes of an Indian during this time. He touches on all the factors that could 've led to an Indian choosing to resist the colonists attempt to "civilize," them. For example, Dowd talks about how the people banded together to finally see themselves as "Indians," and to separate themselves from the teachings of the colonists.
The school textbooks preserve Columbus with a positive life story and don’t include all the negative events that took place. Therefore, the history of Columbus in school textbooks doesn’t teach the true history, they teach us what they want us to believe. Unfortunately, the textbooks leave out tragically events that happened to numerous Native American tribes. Created events that never happened and left out important incidents that effected Native