Nanapush's Tracks Summary

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Tracks is set during the historical period when the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887. It is essentially a story about land and the lives of the people connected to it. As a result the earth is element associated with this novel. The objectives of the Dawes Act were to revive the Native Americans out of poverty, savage way of life and to stimulate them into unite the mainstream American society. It. allowed tracts of land that had been communal reservation property to be allotted to individual tribal members. The hidden intention behind the Act is to provide detailed provisions to reduce the Indian (native) lands in Chippewa community and they planned to sell the unalloted lands to whites (immigrants) for make it for the commercial purposes. It also assent the Native owners of allotted land needed to pay no property taxes during an initial twenty-five-year trust period (period of grace). Nanapush elucidates the measures taken by the Lumber Company to fix a new Agent’s store house. He said to Lulu that
“I heard the groan and crack, felt the ground tremble as each
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Nature is no way harm the primitive way of life. When Nanapush teach the hunting skills to Eli, Erdrich presented the rudiments of Nanapush’s ability in it. Nanapush guides Eli that, “I think like animals, have perfect understanding for when they hide, and in my time I have tracked a deer back through time and brush and cleared field, to the place it was born…” (40) Nanapush ability to track the resting place of animal, in many ways a challenges for the modern hunters. Nanapush advices Eli to how to hunt a moose and adds further by suggesting that “…a strong heart moves slowly” (p. 102) If the moose gets startled, adrenaline flows into its blood and its meat toughens with “the vinegar taste of fear in it” (p. 102). He takes meticulous effort to keep the meat as savour as possible and equally not to panic the

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