An Indian Father 's Plea By Robert Lake Essay

1265 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Culture is the foundation of which we build our lives. It impacts every single aspect of our society: our thoughts, perspectives, actions, and goals, all are impacted by the culture we are surrounded by. However, this cultural impact is not always positive; unless we are aware of our predispositions, those around us may suffer as a result of their consequences. Because its impact is so great, is it very easy to have our perspective of the world be in a negative, harmful light, even when we are not aware of it. Culture influences the way we see the world, which influences the way we change the world.

One’s perspective on the world is formed early in life; one’s upbringing and the culture surrounding it has huge consequences on actions made. In the poem, “An Indian Father 's Plea,” by Robert Lake, a Native American boy by the name of Wind-Wolf is entering his first year into public school, and his father worries that his cultural background, along with his skin color, will negatively affect his learning experience. Indeed, the narrator says, “He is five years old, in kindergarten, and I can’t understand why you have already labeled him a slow learner”(Lake, http://goo.gl/JSoJt3). Wind-Wolf’s teacher labels Wind-Wolf at a disadvantage, a slow learner, simply due to his differences. Because of this, his father sets out to make the teacher understand that telling his child his culture is a setback to his learning abilities is not acceptable, that his differences should…

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