Mary Crow Dog In Faulkner's Lakota Woman

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“Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too.” This quote by Rachel Grady sums up my feeling after reading about life through the eyes of Mary Crow Dog in her book Lakota Woman. Mary Crow Dog lived a life of joy and sadness, oppression and small victories, and little retribution. Her life wasn’t easy from her childhood through her adulthood she fought for survival of herself and her people, the Lakota People. This essay will discuss the life of Mary Crow Dog through the lenses of a white American, who couldn’t imagine what it’s like for an American Indian to live in the 1960-1980s. To start from the beginning, you start at the time of creation. When Mary Crow Dog was born, she was already starting in a rough situation that only got worse as she grew up. Her mother didn’t seem to want much of her, her real father left Mary’s mother after Mary was conceived, her step father …show more content…
This is only the beginning of her life. In my opinion she dealt with more struggles in her childhood than I have dealt with my whole life. Mary and her mother didn’t have a good relationship, due to her mother being strict and not seeming to care about Mary and eventually leaving her and her five siblings with Grandma Louise Flood and her husband Noble Moore. One of the aspects of Mary’s childhood that I found interesting was the fact that the author remarks on North Dakota racism, which to her “everyone” is racist, it’s hard to imagine growing up thinking that everyone dislikes you for your culture and race. Mary’s grandparents coming into Mary’s life seemed to be one of the best things that happened to her because they introduced her to some of the old Indian ways which her mother didn’t want anything to do with. This was due to her grandparents were old Indians where they still spoke old-style Lakota, whereas Mary’s mother didn’t want anything to do with the Indian

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