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The Modern Alterations of Native American Life Modern Native American life has changed drastically from that of what it used to be One can only imagine how incredibly hard life would have been in the late 1800s without the help of modern technology In James Welchs book Fools Crow one not only learns what the Western United States was like in the late 1800s but can also grasp the ways of early Native Americans Fools Crow the main character in the book portrays exactly what the average Indian boy of his day was like He had strong family values faithful religious beliefs and knew his direction in life Unfortunately this is not so true for most Native Americans of today Many current Indians are suffering from poor family structure lack of education and loss of religious beliefs Family structure was one of the most important aspects of life for Native Americans of the 1800s Back then there was almost no difference between an Indian man or womans fifth cousins and his or hers sister Both were treated the same and both were respected immensely But now the family structure of Native Americans has diminished The communication between the majority of parents to children is very slim if any and many young Native Americans dont even have contact with there grandparents and other extended family In Fools Crows generation it was very common to often have ceremonies where all members of a family were expected to attend whether they were a grandparent or a brother This failure of family structure in modern Indians has caused many individuals to lack security and subsidity Education is a problem among Native Americans as well It used to be that when a young Native American turned a certain age it was his or her duty to learn the ways of survival For boys it was hunting and learning to provide for his future family For the women it was
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