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Desperately searching for information on Indians a young reader in a library somewhere in the Midwest navigates between the rows of histories documentaries and narratives about this unknown and intriguing culture But as he dives into the shelves he begins to realize that he can find waves of literature written by non-Indians but none written the Indians themselves The boy thinks How can these people really give me an accurate description of the culture without truly experiencing it themselves Then like a gift from the heavens Louise Erdrichs Tracks drops off of the old wooden bookshelf behind him and the young reader realizing Erdrichs Native American background immediately seizes the book and gulps down each and every Indian word syllable and letter Sadly non-Indian academics have composed most American Indian literature written to this day despite the fact that most of them dont truly understand the culture as those who have immersed themselves in it do Angela Cavender Wilson in her article entitled American Indian History or Non-Indian Perceptions of American Indian History describes the basic pitfall of current Native American history that non-Indians who dont understand the Indian world have written it This lack of understanding on the part of the historians results from their refusal to accept the tsunami of information available to them through oral history In contrast Louise Erdrich raised as an Indian does understand the culture because she has immersed herself in it and has not ignored the oral tradition she actually employs it through Nanapush and her grasp of Indian society allows her to convey an extremely deep understanding of her culture Though Tracks doesnt fit the mold of a typical history text in the Native American culture oral tradition and history serve similar purposes therefore one can compare the authors of the two Obviously Erdrich herself differs significantly from Angela Cavender Wilsons description of the typical non-Indian writer of American Indian history According to Wilson American Indian history
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