Indian Father's Plea

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People of different skin colors than white typically try to assimilate into the American culture; some succeed, some do not. Ethnicity plays an important in forming a person’s perspective. In the essay “An Indian Father’s Plea” by Robert Lake, there was a five year old boy name Wind-Wolf that had a hard time assimilating to the American culture. He attended an American school. While his time there, Wind-Wolf’s teacher labeled him as a “slow-learner” because he did not know the things an average kindergartener knew. The teachers and the students talked him down and Wind-Wolf felt somewhat ashamed, dumb, and embarrassed. All he wanted was to fit in with all of the other kids in his class. He was constantly teased for having long hair and he begged his mom to cut it off. She tried to convince him that in the Indian culture, long hair is a sign for masculinity and balance but Wind-Wolf was too hard-headed to understand. Wind-Wolf’s father decided to take a stand so he wrote a letter to Wind-Wolf’s teacher and explained to her that Wind-Wolf was an intelligent boy. Wind-Wolf was not one of the kids that learned things from a textbook, he learned things through life. For the first five years of his life, he was surrounded by various religions including Protestant, Catholic, Asian Buddhist, and Tibetan Lamaist. He was also exposed to many sacred traditions, specifically the Indian traditions. Later on in the letter, Wind-Wolf’s father described how Wind-Wolf never had the methods and tools to learn the fundamentals unlike his white peers which also made Wind-Wolf a “slow-learner”. All Wind-Wolf wanted was to be treated fairly and be able to share his heritage, culture, and knowledge with his
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