Essay on The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

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Before constant advancements and the line driven western society marked their place in America, the Native American culture was based on an interrupted circle. The Native American way of life was anti-hierarchical and lacked chaos inflicted from outer societies. The line driven western society is comparable to a line that disregards the past in order to succeed in the future. This viewpoint punctured the Indian sphere through forced assimilation and harmful generalized statements about the Native Americans. The novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian,” the movie “Smoke Signals,” and various other articles, demonstrate how the cultural circle of American Indians is deflated and how stereotypes affect the daily lives of these people. Over time, stereotypes and the attempt to uniform the society led the Native American cultural circle to become broken. Eventually, the circle is repaired through forgiveness and the desire to bring awareness to the identity of Native American cultural values. The process of trying to uniform the Native Americans to be more like white citizens, and burying the true aspects of their culture has damaged the American Indian circle in a major way. A historical example of forced assimilation of the Indians is the idea of Carlisle schools. When children were sent to them, they were rid of the assets that differentiated their cultures from white society. Long hair on men was chopped off, and females could not wear traditional Native…

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