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S: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee By Dee Brown

1: Written By Dee Brown | Created By Dominique Earland

2: The story began with the arrival of Christopher Columbus on a beach in San Salvador on October 14, 1492. "Life as known to the indigenous people of the Americas would never be the same from the point of Columbus' arrival in the Americas in 1492." -Brown-

3: Setting

4: This book was a detailed direct account of the process of how our American government dealt with the Indians to create this country we live in today. Their approach to the problem caused the Indians culture, religion, people to all be destroyed. It began with the story of Christopher Columbus and ended with the slaughter of the Sioux in the Battle at Wounded Knee.

5: Summary

6: Conflict

7: This book is comprised of many battles. Although each battle was between different tribes and at different places they were all similar because they were between the Native American Indians and the new American settlers. The battles were never to create peace, but to capture as many of the other side and to have the most territory. Theses battles were not always just war, they involved unfair treaties and burning of food. The main tactic by the Americans was to drive the Indians out from their farms which made them either stay on the run or surrender to a reservation.

8: Conflict was not only with the settlers, but amongst the Indians as well. Many of them just wanted peace, even though the settlers were harming their families and land. Those that wanted to fight back among the tribes began to have differences with the others. | This internal conflict also contributed to the Indians problems. One of the many examples of tribes that had such a problem were the Motavato of the Southern Cheyennes. The leader Black Kettle was apart of a small group that wanted to preserve peace, while the rest of his tribe wanted to fight.

9: Conflict | Although wrongs have been done to me I live in hopes. I have not got two hearts.... Now we are together again to make peace. My shame is as big as the earth, although I will do what my friends advise me to do. -Black Kettle-

11: This picture explains the dynamic of most tribes. The leaders were very cautious and never wanted their tribe to come in contact with the settlers. They were also always the first calling for peace with the settlers. | Tribes | This friendliness was not usually shown by the rest of the tribe. Their first reactions to an action done by a settler would be to defend themselves with fighting, kidnapping, or stealing.

13: That quote at the bottom of the picture explains the nature of this book. This leads to the overall theme. The settlers had one goal which was to take over the land. They only saw the Indians as an obstacle in the journey to obtain it. They never took the time to understand them or even reason with them. This is why I thought the theme of this book was a look at human nature. It is that greed doesn't have eyes. They saw nothing, but the goal of taking the land for only themselves, but never saw those that already owned it.

14: Connection to Interpreter of Maladies

15: The connection between the two books is the type of writing. Both used short stories that could have been written seperately to share a main message.They both shared complex messages that need the many stories in order to understand the uncommon topic.

16: My Review | In my opinion this is a book that everyone should read. It gives a perspective that isn't usually talked about today. It is eye opening and makes it clear what the Indians endured.

17: It not only gave information, but it also showed emotion that not many non-fiction books are able to have. This is a long book, but is also a great book.

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