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Topics in Native American Literature

An Analysis of the Book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie The book “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie is a novel about an Indian boy named Arnold Spirit, Jr. growing up on a reservation. Arnold Spirit was considered a weird child all of his life. He was heavily bullied because of a...
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The Untrue Stories in Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, a Book by Deborah A. Miranda
Analysis of “Novena to Bad Indians” Throughout the text of Bad Indians, Deborah Miranda harvests many tools of experimental writing to form a powerful and polyvocal narrative that is at once story, essay, and memoir. The book deals very heavily in issues of individual and collective identity, and in doing so illuminates th...
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The Positive Role Models and Mentors of Arnold Spirit Jr. in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a Young Adults Novel by Sherman Alexie
In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Arnold Spirit, Jr. was fortunate to have a number of mentors and positive role models that supported him along his journey to maturity, including some of his friends, family members, and friends of family members. Some of these people included Grandmother Spirit, Roger, Go...
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The Everyday Life of an American Indian Through Sherman Alexie
The Reality behind the Fiction Throughout time, American Indians have dealt with their fair share of hardships and trials. In earlier days, they were persecuted by a government that claimed to rule over a nation of equality and fairness. As time went on, they were executed, abused, attacked, manipulated, and run from the l...
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A Philosophical Reflection on the Lives of the Native Americans in Simon J. Ortiz's Poem My Father's Song
In "My Father's Song, Native American writer Simon J. Ortiz shows the audience a piece of memory that was a philosophical reflection on the native American's lives. Writing in simple, terse lines with five stanzas, Ortiz makes use of diction, repetition, and imagery, memorizing the valuable experience that the persona share...
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In Defense of a Culture in Lakota Woman, a Book by Mary Brave Bird and Richard Erdoes
What if nothing mattered of the character, the personality, but the appearance and the apparent differences between the many races of humans? What nothing mattered but the gender and race one came from and that alone defined who a person is? The image of a society described as such would be despicable and infernal. Every hu...
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An Examination of the Cowboys Versus Indians
Prompt B: Cowboys versus Redskins In elementary school, they teach us a song that goes « Christopher Columbus knew what he had to do/ Crisscross! Crisscross the ocean in 1492, in 1492, » but that truth can be told in several ways; for example, in his Gerald Vizenor’s poem “My Heroes Have Never Been Cowboys,” he states: “In...
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Rising from the Ashes
Rising from the Res Phoenix- “a mythical bird fabled to live 500 or 600 years, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism or hope” ( This symbol of hope is often use...
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A Literary Analysis of Female Gender in Yellow Woman by Leslie Marmon Silko
“ Yellow Woman” by Leslie Marmon Silko Abstract In this story, the author shows how female gender is faced with challenges in life, and most of the challenges are being brought by men. Some of the challenges are hard to overcome especially when such challenges involve the unknown powers such as the spirit. In the story...
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Children Should be Exposed to Different Environments and Cultural Aspects Early Enough to Appreciate Them
Introduction The notion of environment is rather complex and quite confusing as it comprises the norms, religion, and ethnicity of an individual or a society. Living in particular environment and frequently being powerless to change it, a person has to be either submissive or ready to adapt and handle the unpredictable obs...
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Lessons to Be Learned from Hybrid Identities
Lessons to be Learned From Hybrid Identities Louise Erdrich’s Tracks is a novel that gives interesting parallels to what postcolonial literature is often concerned with which is double or hybrid identity. Through the creation of double identities, Louise Erdrich shows the reader the different perspectives of each charac...
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A Summary of the Story of Smoke Signals

”In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” (Albert Schweitzer) Shortly after his father’s death, Victor, the main character in "This Is What It Means To Say Pho...
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An Analysis of Leslie Marmon Silko's Novel Ceremony
Imagining Native American Justice Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel “Ceremony” follows the life of Vietnam veteran, Tayo, after the war. Alienated from his roots and faced with drought on his land, his inability to reach atonement for his own actions is what ultimately brings Tayo to confront his past and allow him to overcome...
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A Comparison of the Character of Rocky and Tayo in Silko's Novel Ceremony
The Diametrical Opposition of Rocky and Tayo Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel, Ceremony, reveals the struggles of Native American life after the white appropriation of traditional American Indian culture. Child of a white man and Native American woman, the main character in the novel, Tayo, returns to his reservation as a WWII...
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