Louise Erdrich Quotes On Tracks

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Land has a tremendous affect on Native Americans starting in the 1912’s till even today when it comes to political issues throughout history with Americans.whether it is fighting for their land, watching their loved ones die from disease while moving, or even losing trust from love ones. Louise Erdrich helps explain to readers what Natives actually went through in the Novel Tracks. Nanapush and many other characters tell us how losing their land to the White Americans created many problems for them. Many of the characters go through a vast amount of pain with themselves and for family. Nanapush is almost like the story teller about what really happened from the beginning to the end, Pauline is the character that does not have a connection …show more content…
As Nanapush explains that “[They] started dying before the snow, They continued to fall” (1 Eldrich). This is explaining that many Natives were dying not because of the weather, they were dying from having to leave their land. Much of the land was connected to the Natives when it came to medical practices, and when it came to healing and when they had to leave their land, many died. While they were moving there was a horrifying illness going around while walking on the Trail of Tears that destroyed many families. When Nanapush was talking to the agent and found out Fleurs cabin taxes were not paid for he was very confused and describes that “[He] saw Nector Kashpush with [his] own eyes...and left the coins and bills with you”(207 Eldrich). He could not believe that his so called “Partner” Margaret just betrayed him and his family by putting the money on their land and not Fleur 's. Many Native families did this to one another. As American history passes you can see what this does and sometimes people can not believe how bad the outcome is. Many who get betrayed and land taken from them can not cope because of the betrayal and loss of …show more content…
Money and land has destroyed families, tribes and much more. Not only does this affect the past history but it still affects today 's future, many Native Americans still feel the same way as they did in the past. They should not be restricted to just one small area, they many have a different education than us but education is education no matter what religion you are. When I look back at reading Tracks I know that no one cared about any pain that one of the Natives went though as long as the Americans got what they wanted whether it was tricking them or is was paying them with money either way this tore apart families, friends, and a community. By the Natives losing the land by politics this caused Native Americans to physically, mentally, and spiritually become disconnected from family, friends, land, and

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