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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian

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The plight of the Native Americans can be compared with the exploitation of Indigenous Australians.
How can the plight of the Native Americans be compared with the journey of the Indigenous Australians? How are their experiences similar? How do they differ?
What are some of the issues and problems facing Native Americans?
There are many issues facing Native Americans in the society today, which if not stopped will exterminate the dying population. There is a rising toll of poverty and alcoholism which is affecting the Native Americans as well as threat of a loss of their cultural identity, with a large number of young Native Americans leaving their territories and becoming integrated into the American society (which also includes marriage). This endangers the cultural tradition which has been passed on for hundreds of years, from generation to generation.
Where in America is the Spokane Indian reservation located? Make a copy of a map with the area highlighted. How big is the reservation? How many people live there?
The Spokane Indian reservation is located in America and is approximately 159,000 acres in size holding 25 camp sites where around 2,000 people live.
What is the Spokane Powwow?
The Spokane Powwow is a ceremony performed by Spokanes, accompanied by ‘magic’, feasting and dancing, performed for the purpose of curing disease, success in a hunt or other reasons. The word ‘powwow’ stems from the Narragansett word ‘powwaw’, meaning ‘spiritual leader’.
Pre-reading: Background
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian
What is the Bureau of Indian Affairs?
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (also known as the BIA) is an American agency which was officially established in 1824. The bureau administrates and manages the land ‘held in trust’ for Native Americans and provides educational assistance to American Indians.
What do Americans celebrate at Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is a celebration held all around the world but most commonly known in America, where it is a day of thanks celebrating the past year over a four day holiday. This momentous event is held on the fourth Thursday of November every year, but this is only in America, other countries celebrate it at different times. This cultural event comes from a celebration held in the year 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was held by the Plymouth settlers and Wampanoag Indians in celebration of a good harvest that year. It is said that the tradition of thanksgiving came from England but there are no official documentations showing that it is correct.
Why were reservations set up in America? What was their goal? Has it been successful?
The first Native American reservation was established in 1851.
The predominant purpose of the reserves were to assist in calming the conflict between the Native Americans and early European settlers.
The white laws imposed upon the Native Americans prohibited them from their traditional way of life: hunting and gathering.
A mass conversion to Christianity was also planned for the Native Americans. Because of these enforcements, many Native Americans became bitter, resisting the Europeans’ desire for them to be farmers and hence, faced starvation.
Who are the Spokane Indians? Where are they located? What is their history? What are their customs and traditions?
Spokane means “children of the sun” and that is exactly what the Spokane Indians believe they are. Spokane Indians are a tribe which live in the area around the Spokane River. These people lead a seasonal way of life, using hunting, fishing and gathering as their main sources to survive. Certain beliefs of the Spokane people revolved around different spirits. These include the Great Spirit, atmospheric spirits such as wind and thunder as well as animal spirits which were used as personal guardians. It was only by the 13th century that Spokane people developed permanent villages mostly situated around rivers, which were filled with plentiful fish. This was a massive benefit, making food an accessible source. The Spokane people had to fight for their culture throughout the years with many attempts of outsiders to change or 'assist' their way of life, which was taken with a blunt no. This tribe still exists, living in a special reservation amidst America owned by the government.
Millie & Katie
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