Identification; the act of identifying, something that identifies, or acceptance as one’s own of the values and interests of a social group. For most people identity is a question or idea that is never given a second thought. It is summed up simply with their name or a group they are a part of. But for a person who is struggling to find their identity a name doesn’t hold quite the same significance. The author; Deborah is lost in her identity as a mixed-blood Indian woman. Her parents divorce caused a separation between her and her Native-American heritage. The struggle is not so much knowing whether or not you are of Indian blood, it is knowing what that means and the rich culture that you are a part of because of it. How does an Indian who has gone through their entire life without knowing any piece of their heritage catch up? In comparison to how many schools there are in the United States and Canada there are few universities that have Native American programs. What is the reason for the lack of these programs in grad schools?; one reason is the lack of professors qualified to teach Native American studies. Miranda even mentions that she is an undergraduate professor for these subjects simply because there aren’t many other professors. Another reason for the absence of such programs is that Native American students have the highest college drop out rate of all the other ethnic minorities. Therefore there is not a large amount of students making it to graduate school in order to study Native American programs. Without these tools available for a student, there is very little opportunity to learn about Native American culture and themselves as Indians. Legally Native Americans are required to have an ID card containing a photo, their name, their tribal affiliation and an enrollment number in order to be considered an ‘authentic’ Indian. Although the government claims that this is a step taken in order to provide “repayment services” to Native Americans many people believe that it is just another way for the government to control and alienate native peoples. In order to be recognized as an American Indian one must have blood from a federally recognized tribe or village. There are a few federal benefits to being a Native American which include exemption from income tax while on a reservation and they are often given special hunting and fishing privileges. Another common occurrence is the availability of special scholarships when attending universities. Although there are a few benefits to being a car-carrying American Indian the concept of these ID cards is not just. A point brought up in the essay is that Native Americans are just that; native. The land belonged to them and was taken by the Europeans who now run the country. There was more taken from American Indians than is given to them by the government. In my opinion, the thing that comes most from the requirement of ID cards to a certain tribe is the opportunity for whites to complain about the ‘unfairness,’ just like the story accounted in this essay of the “male, white, blonde, and blue-eyed to boot” (Miranda 339) claiming that the receivers of minority scholarships did not work as hard as he had. So while this form of identification may come with a few benefits, it is not much of a help when questioning the culture and identity of a Native American.
Between the three definitions of identity the most influential one would most often be acceptance of values and interest in a social group. Being a part of a tribe means so much more than just the label. The tribe has its…
the sort of ideas existing within movies. For instance, in “The Wizard of Oz”, fantasy describes this film however, this classic has been categorized as a musical as well.
Fantasy films are films that are made up with make believe situations that seem dreamlike, ridiculous characters, or settings, and often cusp into other genres (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). Horror and Comedy are just to name a few genres that Fantasy allows border with (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). In fact, in “The Wizard of Oz”…
How far was Lenin responsible for the Bolsheviks growing
hold on power in the years 19171924?
Lenin was massively influential in Russian history, essential to the
revolution and incredibly important with regard to the Bolshevik’s
cementing of power from 1917 to his death in 1924. Lenin was a ruthless
and pragmatic leader, but by no means was he the only important figure
within the Bolshevik party. Others, such as Trotsky and Dzerzhinsky
played large roles, and other factors such as the civil war also had…
EN105 First Year Writing Seminar
June 20, 2012
Far away from my heart
After me and my girlfriend decided to get married at the age of 19, I felt that I boarded the train that will take me to my ever dreamed future. Nothing real fancy but a lovely wife, children, a warm home, and my diploma of pharmacologist/ Biochemistry that’s all I really need. Well, I also need a job, but I already was working hand to hand with my father in his Pharmacy which I plan to take over when he decided…
that the American Dream “The idea that any American, with enough resolve and determination,
can climb the economic ladder, regardless of where he starts in life (
Michael W. Kraus, Shai
Davidai and A. David Nussbaum 1)
” is indeed a fantasy. The famous Jay Gatsby’s story is told
by Nick Carraway, a man who is riveted with his surroundings of wealth and fortune. Nick lives
next door to millionaire Jay Gatsby, who despite being wealthy and successful, never attains his
American Dream: winning the heart of Daisy…
At the Congress of Vienna it was evident that Germany was far from being a coherent political nation. Several fundamental changes such as the diet and the domination of Vienna prompted the creation of three different groups : nationalists, liberalists and radicals who all favoured a future political change: unity within the German Confederation and the overthrowing of the Austrian Domination. Despite this, Metternich, and countries such as France, Austria and Prussia all were opposed to any political…
‘Compare the concept of fantasy vs. reality within A Streetcar Named Desire and Atonement.’
Both texts explore the concept of fantasy vs. reality, and attain similar themes, albeit A Streetcar Named Desire’s backdrop is set in America, specifically, New Orleans. A Streetcar Named Desire describes the decline of a fading Southern Belle, Blanche DuBois. While, the backdrop of Atonement, is World War Two, in England and revolves and is written in Briony Tallis’ perspective. It is palpable that…
Unit 4 Assignment
Fantasy Voyage and Battle of the Lung
Hello everyone and welcome aboard! I am S Y. with Voyage Health. Today, we will embark together in my mini-sub and we shall travel through the body of this young lady named Lola. In this journey we will enter her body through the femoral vein and travel all the way to her lung.
An alert just came and we are in for a surprise. Bacteria have invaded Lola’s lower lobe of her right lung and we shall report the invasion…
question is whether it is possible to distinguish between fantasy and true science fiction. I am reminded of the analogy, attributable I believe, to Theodore Sturgeon, of the elf ascending vertically the side of a brick wall. In a science fiction story the knees of the elf would be bent, his center of gravity thrown forward, his stocking cap hanging down his neck, with his feet quite possibly equipped with some form of suction cups. In a fantasy, on the other hand, the elf would simply stride up the…
An analysis of Derek Walcott's poem "A Far Cry from Africa"
on the influence of colonialism in his language
The so called post colonial literature is actually a body of writings that aim to express response to colonization. Most topics and themes of post colonial literary pieces revolve around the issues demanding freedom of the people from political and cultural colonial rule. Post-colonial literature also attacks literary works insinuating racism or colonial hints. Recently…