Native Americans Analytical Essay

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University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón

English Department

Native Americans
Analytical Essay

Jhon Smith
INGL 3326 LJ1
Dr. Vallejo
Native Americans Analytic Essay

Among the many cultures around the world, the Native American community is one of the many minorities who have gone through horrid times and still struggle to preserve their traditions. Their submission to the mainstream Anglo-Americans has led to a lot of issues. These are presented in Blue Winds Dancing by Tom White Cloud, This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman J. Alexie, and Black Elk Speaks by Black Elk for comparison. Of all the different narratives, pieces, and poems read about native Americans. These three drew particular
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In This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona, the main character Victor,
Native American of course, portraits his anger and remorse against his father. He left Victor and the Reservation when Victor was young. Ergo this shows his ignorant and uncaring attitude about his father's death. In The Black Elk Speaks, anger and remorse are shown in a descriptive but defensive battle between the Indians and soldiers. This served as additional incentive to the Indian party in order to provoke courage to stand up for their beliefs and customs. At the end of the narrative, the author Black Elk himself says: "The nations hoop is broken and scattered. There is no center any longer, and the sacred tree is dead." From this quote, his defeat and submission to the events past in his life show that his identity and ideals then, were not enough to overcome the dominating American Civilization, and admitting his culture is dying.

The Anglo American Society: its culture, customs, "civilization", as the author of Blue Winds Dancing calls it, has lived in ignorance since centuries ago. The irony behind this, is that they want the minorities like Native Americans to be like them (because they expect the other societies to be like them), but at the same time demeaning, extinguishing, segregating and excluding the Native Americans and their attempt at social interaction. According to Tom White Cloud: "The more they (Native Americans) try to

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