In the story “ A Good Story” by Sherman Alexie, a boy’s mother suggests her son writes a happy story about Indians. The boy tells his mother that if she wants a good story then she has to listen. Just as the critic Joshua B. Nelson explains that Sherman Alexie uses irony to get his goal across; I agree that some people are having difficulty understanding the author. Junior started the story with a man who goes by uncle Moses and the house he lives in. Admittedly, the house is the United States and Moses is all the Indians who had their land stolen from them.
Native Americans; Then and Now In the Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a young boy named Junior faces many struggles in life as a result of his Native American background. Before America was actually known as America, it was inhabited by the Native Americans. However, the Spaniards came to America and took control of their land. By understanding the information given in this novel, we can link it to the history of Native Americans and how modern day Native Americans’ lives are an outcome of previous colonization. By doing this, we can learn how Native American schooling is affected, alcoholism is common, and sports mascots have become offensive.
But, “everything”, still was not presented to them. Hope was being lost, once proud people, now thought to themselves that they were cursed. To draft Indians and not call them, “The First American Citizen,” (Page 126) is very clearly disrespectful and dehumanizing. Wassaja wanted these words spoken to the “Washington father”, to spark some sort of fire. Hoping to show proof that the Native American deserved to be an American equal.
Elvis explained “Much of my music comes from the heart. I want to share with the world the beauty of heart felt music.” “That was deep man.” Harvey said. Elvis played some tunes for Harvey and he was shocked at how well Elvis played. Harvey told Elvis “You are one talented pig, yah know that? I’m going to help you make a record for everyone to hear!” said Harvey.
FEATHER TATTOOS Tattoos have many connotations, and the feather tattoos have got no exemption in this. Over the years, the love to engrave tattoos has grown among people all over the world, despite the many beliefs that come along with tattoos. Feather tattoos bring out a unique extemporary look that anyone would go for. FEATHER TATTOO SYMBOLISM o Spiritual sign Feathers were worn by ancient American to show a sign of communication with spirit and to express their wisdom. In Indian culture also, feathers represented the spiritual power of the thunder gods.
It provided 160 acres of land for each family head and 80 acres to single persons over the age of eighteen (Reyhner and Eder,2006, p.81). Dawes showed as someone who is advocating the rights of the American Indians but the act he advocated for caused families to disintegrate. A family of four middle-aged sons may receive allotment fifty miles apart and their old grandfather one hundred miles away (Reyhner and Eder,2006, p.82). It also caused the American Indians to lose their land to others. After the allotment was done the
The Role of Friendship and Its Effecting Nature Sherman Alexie’s Short Story “This Is What It Means to Say, Phoenix, Arizona” and the movie made about the short story, Smoke Signals, bring an insight to what life was like living on Indian reservation and what Indians like Thomas Builds the Fire and Victor had to go through. How does the role of friendship in the short story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix Arizona?” and in the movie Smoke Signals work and how does it develop the way the story and movie go. The role of friendship in the short story comes into play when Thomas talks about ‘how he can lend Victor the money he needs but he must take Thomas with him and Victor says, “I can’t take your money I haven’t hardly talked to you in years and we’re not really friends Thomas says I didn’t say we were friends I said you just have to take me with you Victor says let me think about it” (875). This shows that these two
With Americans beginning to take over the west and to do that they had to get rid of what many people referred to as savages was the Native Americans. In “What it means to say Phoenix, Arizona” you have a young Native American trying to become a warrior, but he meets a man that is your stereotypical Indian of what the world paints a picture as. Sherman Alexie uses the story of the struggles of the two Native Americans to show conflict of what the west was and how no matter what Native Americans did their way of life was changing forever. “At fifteen, they had long since stopped being friends and got into a fistfight.” This is the fight between Thomas and Victor and shows there struggle on how Americans, to them, were winning the
A painting by George Catlin, titles “Wi-jun-jon, Pigeon’s Egg Head Going to and Returning from Washington.”, is a great example of Native American identity. It depicts the leader of a Native American tribe assimilating himself and is people into the American settlers’ culture. A majority of settlers thought the Natives were living like savages, even though that how they lived in their culture. Their culture was seen as primitive, compared to the culture of the settlers. More and more people started to move out west due to cheap land and entrepreneur opportunities, even though those territories were already populated by the Native Americans.
The theme of this poem is “individual workers and liberties make America great.The purpose of Whitman’s poem is to celebrate workers and success. This poem also has a patriotic tone because of the author’s love to the country. “Let America be America Again” has a rhyming style. Hughes’ poem was created in the mid 1900s during the time of the civil rights movement. He writes about how he is feeling left out of the American Dream.
That is why they do exstra to impress there grandchildren because they want to be loved. In line one it states " Abuelito who throws coins like rain". This can help readers know that hes trying to impress the kids by giving them money and saying who loves him found on line two, because he wants them to love him because he feels as if hes not loved.In line seven it also states, "you are my diamond in spanish...", this is telling readers that he loves his grandchildren and whould do anything for them like give them money going back to line one. The theme in both the folktale and the poem states that you and the elderly can be the same in a period of time. Anyone can become old or sick, so treat others the way you want to be treated.
In the book I Wish I’d Been There, there are two chapters that can easily be compared, the McGillivray Moment and Chief Joseph Surrenders, for they both had to do with Native Americans, and how they were kicked off their land. Both were made promises that weren’t kept,by American Generals. even if meant twisting the rules of war and going against the law. In The McGillivray Moment, President George Washington was worried that the Creek Nation was going to over inhabit the land to the west of the Mississippi river, also known as the land of America’s future. Washington was now faced with a problem, “The land west of the Mississippi must be inhabited by whites…, and the rights of the Native Americans to their tribal land must be protected.” That’s when Washington met Chief McGillivray, McGillivray was one of the,” twenty-seven Indian Chiefs representing all the major tribes of the Creek Nation” that paraded into the capital of the newly created
The Redskins, an American Football Team, needs to change their name. For years, many Native Americans have complained of the Redskins’ name being racist towards them. They say it does not hold honor to them, it instead reduces them to their skin color and how the pilgrims saw them as. The oppression that this nation has put their culture and people through must be addressed. In 1858, the government had directly taken the reserves given to the Native Americans for resources the nation had wanted.
Cultural appropriation is a sociological concept that views the use or adoption of elements of one culture by members of a different culture as a negative phenomenon. This theme is something that is not only found in Sherman Alexie’s short essay, but is also found in our world today. For example, the school that Victor transfers to is an off reservation, all white school where the mascot is an Indian. This is a disrespect to the Indians, and Victor believes that he is “probably the only actual Indian ever to play for a team with such a mascot,” (line 68). There are many examples of schools having names and mascots based of different Native American tribes and symbols.
The Canadian government also inappropriately dealt with Aboriginal social justice issues, as seen through the land claims like the Oka Crisis and the Ipperwash. The Oka Crisis was a 78-day standoff, beginning on July 11th, 1990 between Mohawk protesters, police, and army. The crisis began when the proposed expansion of an 18 hole golf course and development of 60 luxury condominiums on disputed land included a Mohawk burial ground. The Mohawks were infuriated, as the Euro-Canadians proposed the use of land that belonged to them was to be used for a luxury of their own, leading them to erect a barricade to Oka. The Police wouldn’t tolerate the actions of the Mohawks, and intervened 3 months later, attempting to cease the barricade.