African History Essay

602 Words Oct 13th, 2012 3 Pages
Zuni Lucero and Simon Ortiz make compelling points in their papers. They talk about the differences in the two cultures. How they changed schools and saw both sides of their ever changing world at a young age. How being integrated into a white community changed them, and how they felt some what of an outsider going back to their native communities. Threw their writing they can elaborate and share these experiences to those of us who have only one culture to fit into. We all can relate to changing schools or even starting school for the first time. One who has never experienced this can only imagine being of a different culture, speaking a different language, looking differently and being the “new kid.” Lucero best describes this when …show more content…
Who would they sue, the government? It has been made clear that most of these people’s rights had been taken away. They were forced to conform or be ridiculed. Ortiz says it best with “… the intent of U.S. public policy was that Indians were no longer Indians.”(34) “I felt an unspoken anxiety and resentment against unseen forces that determined our destiny to be un-Indian, embarrassed and uncomfortable with our grand parents’ customs and strictly held values.” The pressure to conform was so great some did it with out the true understanding of what it would mean to them later. Would they adopt the “white way” or would they keep the “native way”? Lucero felt out of place in both worlds. “ I did not meet the reservation standard of Indianness. I did not speak Tiwa, grow up in the traditions, or know the social rules I was expected to Know. Ironically, I felt like an outsider among my own people.”(259) When these writers talk about writing in English being and “act of resistance” it is only to “spread the word” if you will. Many of us do not know the hardship and dilemma’s of the Native American people. We celebrate thanks giving , knowing these “savages” helped out ancestors to survive the harsh conditions of early life, yet we do not have a national holiday for the Native American people. We have a “African History” month, but no recognition for the Native American people.

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