Cultural Conflict as Evidenced in Contemporary Native American Literature

An 11 page discussion of cultural conflict as is evidenced in Thomas King’s “Green Grass, Running Water”, Leslie Marmon Silko’s “Ceremony”, Gerald Vizenor’s “The Heirs of Columbus”, and Sherman Alexie’s “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven”. The author notes the underlying theme of the differences in the way the environment is viewed by Native Americans verses Non-Natives and suggests that in pre-contact cultures the villain in Native American stories took the form of witchcraft while in contemporary literature it takes the form of non-Natives. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Native American Views Of Columbus

A 3 page paper that discusses not only the genocide of indigenous peoples instigated by Columbus on his voyages, but also that it engendered the same policy in Euro-American societies. The paper presents the viewpoint presented in a 1996 position paper on Columbus and the fallacy of idolizing him as a 'hero,' including statistics in support of the genocide argument and the paper's/writers and contributors global concerns for the environment (based on initial Seneca quote). The position paper argument is backed by five other authors. The paper posits that refusal to listen to these arguments has serious implications for free-market societies. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Native American Uniformity in an Ecological World View?: A Polemic Approach to Demonstrating or Refuting the Validity of a Popular Perception

A 15 page discussion of the popular perception that Native Americans exhibit a uniform ecological world view. Presents supporting and detracting arguments for this view. Notes first that the sheer diversity of Native American cultures and individuals would make it unlikely that such a uniformity in view exists. The author then points out demonstrated differences in the way that Native Americans interact with their environment as opposed to the way those of European backgrounds interact with theirs, differences which would appear to support the contention of a uniform ecological world view among Native Americans. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

Beings or Simply An Obstacle to Spain?

Native Americans in Colonial Latin America: Fellow Human A 5 page discussion of the Spanish view of Native Americans in the Caribbean and Latin America. Describes Native Americans as being only an obstacle to Spanish goals. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Native American World View

A 5 page essay discussing the Native American society and conservatism. Issues discussed include world view orientation, impact of the Western traders and other influences on Native American world view and concluding remarks regarding the validity of the conservatism argument. No sources are listed.

Native American Healing Ceremony / Misperceptions & Falsehoods

A 5 page look at Native American spirituality and the concept of healing ceremonies. Explains that Native spirituality is tribal specific but that unfortunately this specificity has been corrupted by the media and the entertainment industry and the warped view which has been presented has provided the stimulus for much misunderstanding and greed by those who both impersonate Native healers and non-Natives who seek to benefit from Native spirituality even when it means the abandonment of their own. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Historical Experiences of Native Americans, Black Americans, & Chinese Americans / Comparison

In 5 pages the author compares the historical experiences of Native Americans, Black Americans, and Chinese Americans. A historical narrative of Native Americans, Black Americans, and Chinese Americans is necessary to determine the specific historical factors, social structure factors, and ideological factors that seem to have contributed to the differences in their experiences. The history of Native Americans, Black Americans, and Chinese Americans is unique to each of those groups of peoples, yet they have all been discriminated against. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Nineteenth Century Ghost Dance Era

A 7 page investigation of this critical point in Native American and US history. This paper explores the differences that existed between the Native view of what was right and the white view. Bibliography lists sources.

Changes in Native American Culture

This 5 page paper looks at the Culture of the native Americans and the way in which it has changed over the years as a result of increased immigration to the United States. From the days before Columbus to the current day the culture has evolved through force rather than natural progression, the paper considers the positive and the negative aspects of these changes. The bibliography cites 1 source.

Politics, Religion & Native American Identity

A 5 page paper that explores and examines the theme of the reconciliation of the heritage of Native American politics and religion with that of the heritage of the politics and religion of European colonization in twentieth century literature. Discussed and compared are John Neihardt's 1932 publication of Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Scott Momaday's 1969 publication of The Way to Rainy Mountain, and Michael Dorris' and Louise Erdrich's 1991 publication of The Crown of Columbus. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

English Colonists Perceptions and Beliefs as Applied to Native Americans

A 7 page overview of early colonial interactions with Native Americans. The manner in which European colonists viewed the Native Americans whose lands they invaded varied both according to geography and according to time. The Puritans as a whole would proclaim their belief that all people were equal before God. Puritan proclamation and act, however, were two different things. In practice, race, class, and literacy were salient issues.

Russell Bourne/Red King's Rebellion

A 3 page book review of Russell Bourne's The Red King's Rebellion, which recounts the conditions leading up to and including the war between Native Americans and colonists in the seventeenth century. Bourne addresses the position of colonists who argued against cooperation with Native Americans, but also those who argued in favor of maintaining the peace and mutually beneficial trade, offering a balanced view of this interracial conflict. No additional sources cited.

Native American Property Rights

A 7 page discussion of Native American property rights. Provides a brief historical review of the move to the reservation system and tribally owned lands and then the pressures to dissolve that tribal ownership. Ties the concept of property rights into the issue of sovereignty and concludes that tribally owned lands are critical to Native American culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Factors Leading Up to the Pequot/English War of 1637

An 8 page discussion of the war between the English and the Native American group known as the Pequot. Contends that the reasons behind this war were really quite simplistic. The first was the English desire for the land which the Pequot controlled. Equally important, however, was the English view of themselves as superior to the Native American people. The English war with the Pequot was indeed as much a reflection of the English intent to send a message of their military and cultural superiority to all Native Americans, people that they viewed as ungodly and savage creatures, and their desire to gain the resources of those people for their own colonists as it was any other factor. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Contemporary Native American Concerns: Health, Sovereignty, and Leadership

A 6 page discussion of the many problems facing contemporary Native Americans. Traces these problems back to the initial contact with the European people who invaded Native land. Asserts that everything from the ravages of disease on modern Native Americans to struggles over land rights and the right to independent government can be related to the demands and expectations of non-Native groups who now predominate North America. Bibliography lists 6 sources.