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The Medicine Bag
Transcript of The Medicine Bag
By: Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve American author, who mainly focuses on Native American books for children
Born on 1933 and raised in Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota
Daughter of an Episcopal priest and a Lakota Sioux mother.
Received her B.S. and M.Ed. in 1954 and 1969 from South Dakota State University
Taught English at Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau.
Member of the board of directors in the Native American Consortium and United Sioux Tribes Cultural Arts
Member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe
Achieved many awards including the National Humanities Medalist and Human Rights Award, South Dakota State Counselors Association More Interesting Short Stories
By: Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve The Seminoles 1994 Summary of The Medicine Bag Martin's great-grandfather came to visit Martin and his family, but the Rosebud Reservation, his great-grandfather's home, and Martin's home is about 3 days away by bus. Since he's 83, he of course passes out from fatigue after reaching Martin's home. But luckily, he recovers. Martin's friends came to his house to see his great-grandfather. Martin thought they were going to make fun of him because of his great-grandfather's appearance. Both Martin and his friends were amazed. Martin received the Medicine Bag from his great-grandfather. After his great-grandfather handed the bag to Martin, he went to bed. He was taken to the hospital that night and died two weeks later. Martin's predecessors had placed their own sacred possessions in the Medicine Bag. After the death of Martin's great-grandfather, he returns to the Rosebud Reservation and continues the tradition. Link to Short Story: http://www.nexuslearning.net/books/holt-eol2/Collection%202/medicine%20bag.htm Literary Elements Theme The main theme in the story was "Learn From Your Elders" or "The Young Learning from the Experienced".
This theme refers to when a child, or a person younger than the adult/elder, learns from their adult/elder.
In the short story, the great-grandfather teaches Martin the value of the Medicine Bag. He educates Martin on how the bag was attained teaches very important life lessons. One of them was that things always happen for a reason. My Personal Review The short story was really enjoyable. It was interesting and fun. It also had a nice moral lesson to it, which is to always treasure your family. You never know what might happen to them.
I've also had an interest in the Native Americans since I was little, so when I saw this short story in my Literature book, I just had to read it. :) internal conflict Martin, the narrator was embarrassed to show his grandfather to his friends, and he felt guilty for feeling this way. Direct Characterization The writer told us the age of the great-grandfather, who is 83 years old, and his physical appearance in her short story. The Navajos 1993 The Trickster and the Troll
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