Since Momaday and his father are both Kiowa people, he has a deep Kiowa complex, and endows the home of his ancestor and the land, the sun, the moon, mountains, trees and all other things there with deep feelings. He thinks that a writer or painter should pay close attention to the land in his memory, and excavate the land and imagination as much as possible. The Way to Rainy Mountain involves a large number of relevant historical and cultural knowledge of Kiowa people. In order to understand the article better, this paper will interpret the
The poem My Mother The Land by Phill Moncrieff poetically describes the struggles the aboriginal people faced at the hands of the European people and colonisation throughout history. The fact that the author based the poem on accurate historical events adds to the authenticity of representations and engages the reader in an emotional journey with the struggles the aboriginal people faced with the somewhat loss of their country, culture, identity, people and place. The author uses a variety of language features and text structures to create this view point, for instance the author uses several language features and text structures throughout verse one to demonstrate the loss of culture and people. The poet uses effective language features throughout the poem to describe the loss that the narrator feels in their country, culture, identity, people
Native Americans who traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show used the press to make social and political statements as well as communicate their opinions of white society. According to memoirs, some Native Americans accepted to travel with a show that portrayed them stereotypically in order to understand “‘the white man’s beliefs about God’s will, and how they act according to it.”’ Although the only way for this goal to be achieved was through the noble savage stereotype, the performance of the stereotype gave Native Americans some control over the ways in which tourism and religion intersect. The tourist gaze is therefore symbiotic because the tourist gains access to the authenticity he or she desires while the Native Americans gather knowledge to better protect their religion and culture against the encroaching white world. Thus, self-commodification can be utilized as a method to adapt but not necessarily resolve a problematic history of colonialism.
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.
“Soldiers Home” by Ernest Hemingway and “Speaking of Courage” by Tim O’Brien both deal with the difficulties of veterans returning home from war. Both of the protagonists, Krebs and Bowker respectively, experience trauma, which leads them on a search for self-discovery and an outlet for their pain. At the end of each story, neither of the characters wants to participate in society anymore. Despite the similarities, Norman Bowker is more forthcoming with his feelings, ultimately making him a more successful character. In addition, the similarities and differences between the authors’ styles accentuate those that occur within the characters of the stories; both authors use symbolism to show the changes in the dynamic characters over the course of the narratives.
The Navajo and the Modoc: Mythological comparison In the myths “When Grizzlies Walked Upright” and “The Navajo Origin Legend”, we get a glimpse of the beliefs of traditional Native American societies. The former myth is one told by the Modoc tribe of Oregon, the other is told by the Navajo tribe of the American Southwest. The different uses of animals, spirits, and women’s roles help create an illustration of society before colonization. These myths do also differ on these themes and on how they are presented.
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.
“Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway is a story about Krebs, a soldier returning home after World War One. Upon returning and interacting with the people of his hometown, he begins to realize that the values he once had changed drastically, and feels somewhat disconnected from his community. The changes, however, are deeply hidden within the text through Hemingway’s use of literary devices. In order to discuss if a change has occurred in Krebs values all implied values from the text should be defined. Krebs hometown values being employed, or having ambition and a goal.
Then it begins to explain to people that there are racial divisions in society. It describes how the main character in “Ceremony”, Tayo, along with other Native Americans were being mistreated. But “Ceremony” is about healing and learning to forgive. The racial divisions in Tayo’s society are extremely serious, and Silko does not let white people go for the ways they historically mistreated Native Americans. This shows the point of view (or attitude) that Silko has for white people.
How Richter’s Childhood Affected His Writing Authors often reveal their biases through their writing. In The Light In The Forest, Author Conrad Richter, the author shows bias towards the Indian culture over the white culture in the plot events of the novel. Richter favors some parts of the Indian culture, dislikes some aspects of the white culture, and was affected in his beliefs by his childhood. First, Richter seems to favor the Indian culture over the white culture in the area of their view of religion. One reason is that, in the novel, True Son, the main character, talks about the Indian form of religion.
The “Medicine Bag” and the “Apache Girl Rites of Passage” are two things done by two different cultures to introduce the children into their adulthood. The two events are to show that the child is growing up and they are becoming an adult. These two are very different from each other and very similar but they are both about growing up and becoming an adult.
Comparison and Contrast of Native American Creation Stories The purpose of this paper is to highlight the key similarities, and difference between two Native American stories of how the world and its inhabitants came to be. These two stories are “The World on the Turtle’s Back,” and “The Story of Corn and Medicine.” These stories come from the Iroquois and the Cherokee people respectively, and are their creation stories. “The World on the Turtles Back” tells of a pregnant woman who was pushed from the heavens by her husband.
REL 526- Religions of the World NAME: Blair Bonifield Reading Assignment #1a Choose the option that most accurately describes how much of the following reading assignment you have completed: John Fire/Lame Deer, “Symbols All Around.” a. I read 100% of the reading. 2. What is the significance of symbols to Lame Deer? What are some examples used?
Cherokee & Yokut from the Beginning Native American tribes all have their own unique views of just how the world and civilization came to be. While some share similarities in their stories, others have a very different story to tell of how this world came to be. The Cherokee and Yokyut tribes are no different in that they have great resemblance, yet the tales are told through different contexts. The Cherokee tell of a world full of cold, vast and endless darkness (the great stone arch of the sky) where tiny creatures live within an area of the sky. Here the water beetle leapt off and discovered the water below, but the only ground was below the water.