Throughout history, there have been many literary studies that focused on the culture and traditions of Native Americans. Native writers have worked painstakingly on tribal histories, and their works have made us realize that we have not learned the full story of the Native American tribes. Deborah Miranda has written a collective tribal memoir, “Bad Indians”, drawing on ancestral memory that revealed aspects of an indigenous worldview and contributed to update our understanding of the mission system, settler colonialism and histories of American Indians about how they underwent cruel violence and exploitation. Her memoir successfully addressed past grievances of colonialism and also recognized and honored indigenous knowledge and identity.
Native Americans in Canadian society are constantly fighting an uphill battle.After having their identity taken away in Residential Schools.The backlash of the Residential Schools haunts them today with Native American people struggling in today 's society.Native Americans make up five percent of the Canadian population, yet nearly a quarter of the murder victims.The haunting memories of Residential Schools haunt many Native Americans to this day.With them commonly been known to attempt to drink away the horrors they have faced.Thomas King brings up these problems in his written work having written books like Medicine River and short stories such as Not The Indian I Had In Mind and Borders.Throughout these stories, Thomas King uses stereotypes such as will and Louise 's romance that seems like it 's going to become this generic love story yet becomes nothing more than just a friend with benefits to bring up the themes of Belonging, Performing Identity and Family issues.
Charles Alexander Eastman utilizes his novels to inform society about Native American history. His work analysis’s the lives of Natives tribes and provides his readers with personal memoirs. This autobiography implements detailed accounts of communication among the Native Indians and the American Government. Chapter VII is set within the 1890’s. It delivers a first-person narrative from a Native Indian standpoint. Eastman writes about life on the reservation, and how religion prompted the extreme violence upon the Sioux population. The pivotal moment in American history which forged the United States. The Ghost Dance War is depicted throughout the novel which connects to the historic investigation of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Eastman literature
Life of a teenage Indian was hard being forced to leave. We were ran out of our land by men with guns. When we left we said goodbye to the mountains.We were put on a trail in winter many of us did not survive. This trail was taking us from are homes in Georgia to Kansas. Many of us died from European diseases. Some of us chose to adapt to American customs and learn their religion. Samuel Wooster learned are language to spread Christianity. The trail was cold we barely made it to Kansas without freezing to death. Only to find out that we had to start all over And when we went back to Georgia from Kansas. Only to find out again we had to start all over. By the time we rebuilt our home and then militiamen killed many of us and burned our
Published in 2007, “The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie says about the moving story of a Native American teenager named Arnold Spirit who made the bold decision to attend an all-white high school from Spokane reservation to find hope for the future in the Reardan. This volume won the National Book Award in 2007 and won several other awards. Even though this novel can be power of education, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” paperback should be banned because this is not appropriate for middle schools.
Jackson Jackson is a homeless Spokane Indian that happened upon his Grandmothers Indian dance regalia at a pawn shop. Jackson continuously throughout the story displays internal struggles and conflicts (the struggle that shapes the plot in the story) between battling alcoholism and making poor behavior choices that work against his quest to earn money to retrieve the regalia to reclaim a part of his family heritage. Jackson has an internal desire to want to do right, but his poor choices that he exhibits contribute to his persona to solidify his choice to embrace social alienation. The poor choice’s Jackson makes alienate him from society but also drives his desire to belong to a group. Indians are often displaced, which is a common theme that is shared among Indians is their loss of land, heritage, culture and independence. Examining Jackson’s antics, his associations
While the traditional First Nations tale known as The Boy and the Loon is important in First Nations oral storytelling tradition, it also plays a significant role in today’s modern culture. Though aspects of the story may not be relatable in the age of technology, the underlying themes and messages have an impact on society. The main themes throughout the story include tolerance and acceptance. To summarize the plot, when a once handsome and noble boy falls ill, he is disproved from his community, becoming depressed and ultimately attempting suicide. However, after he is saved and healed by the Loon Chief, the boy returns to his community as a shaman, healing the sick and aiding those in need. Both the community and the boy learn to be accepting and tolerant of those around them. These ideas are important in modern society as racism and hatred is radiating throughout the world. Nowadays, people are not accepting of different races, sexualities and personal preferences. While this story does not address differing races or sexualities, it exhibits the
In life, one’s journey is a never-ending process, with a multitude of sudden changes and unexpected delays. While researching characters in both the New York Times’ 1 in 8 million miniseries, and in Sherman Alexie’s Ten Little Indians, there were three particularly intriguing men who stuck out from the bunch, and their stories piqued my interest like no other characters have before. There is Joshua Febres, a young African-American teenager born in the Bronx, who is a part of the infamous gang, the Crips. You have Patrick Harris, a white, middle aged man who grew up a part of an affluent family on Long Island, New York, and lives on a sailboat on the Hudson Bay. And finally, there is Harlan Atwater, who biologically is a Spokane Indian, but
The novel “Tracks” written by Louise Erdrige is a very engaging, spiritual and powerful story, as it pictures native American culture and their life on reservations at the turn of the 20th century. “Tracks” focuses on a story about a group of Indians living on a reservation in North Dakota in the early 1900s. This group of Indians is four Anishinaabe families who live close to the fictional city of Argus. “Tracks” rotates between two narrators, Nanapush and Pauline; Nanapush is a tribal elder and Pauline is a young girl who is of mixed heritage and also very jealous of Fleur, which leads to her not always being fully accepted in the group. Through this narrative, Erdrige creates a world where these four families are very closely connected and
The book Gravestone, written by Travis Thrasher is a mystery book all in itself. Thrasher never seams to disappoint with his novels. Once again a teen named Chris Buckley, is taken through a mysterious chapter in his life. He's will always remember his old girlfriend no matter what he does or where he goes. But Thrasher always knows how to grab his readers and drag them along with Chris as he goes throughout another mystery. No matter how dark it is, it always gets darker.
Dan Shamble was shot in the head while trying to solve his girlfriend's murder and ended up coming back as a zombie. With no idea who killed him he can only think the person who killed him might have also killed his girlfriend as well. You can find out the truth in the book Death Warmed Over by Kevin J Anderson, written in first person, the book has 270 pages, and is a mystery book.
Progressing from middle school, to high school, to college, to eventually a job, is one of the major ways that the universal idea of upward progress affects our lives. Upward progress is the idea that we as humans need to continue to better ourselves, look towards the future, and move forward in life. This idea is mainly seen in modern American life, not typically associated with those of Native Americans.
Spokane Native Americans are very passionate about their tribal identities yet are envious of the power that the white hegemony holds against them, leading them to their depression. The white population has power over the American Indians because they hold an entirely different economic status. The Spokane Indians interpret their passion towards their identities through prejudice towards the whites and the half-breed Indians. Alexie makes this apparent in the scene outside the Tipi Pole Tavern where Chess, Thomas Build-The-Fires
In the personal narrative essay “Sticks and Stones”, author Nicole Bell narrates a story about a time in her life where she and her brother, Greg, stood up to the constant bullying they were experiencing. Every morning, as Bell and Greg would ride the bus to school James Nicholas, the bully, would verbally abuse, and criticize them. One morning, James decided to use physical force. Nicole and her brother ultimately reacted to the threats and retaliated. Even though we learn that violence is never the answer, the essay emphasizes the strong, defensive bond between siblings.
In Sherman Alexie’s story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”, he explores the challenging life of two Native American Indian men named Victor and Thomas on the reservation. The story communicates the childhood memories, relationships, and cultural aspects of Thomas and Victor’s life in Spokane (Indian Reservation). In this story, Victor appeared to be mentally depressed because his father had died just after he lost his job. Although Victor’s father left Victor at very young age, Victor’s genetic pain made him think to travel to Phoenix. However, his poor financial situation left him with no other option than travelling with Thomas, an annoying storyteller and his childhood friend. The act of forgiveness, decency, and adaptive attitude help Victor to survive in his painful and deserted life.