Native American Traditions Essay

1576 WordsFeb 4, 20137 Pages
Leave Us Alone By: Denise Meza Vine Deloria takes a new approach at addressing issues that Native Americans have had to face for several years. In Deloria’s “Custer die for your sins: An Indian Manifesto” a general concept of “leaves us alone” is addressed. Circe Strum agrees with his general argument but her study of identity in “Blood Politics: Race, Culture and Identity in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma” reveals contradictions. Vine Deloria is known to be the first to write an overview of Indians and be successful in doing so. In Custer Die for your sins Deloria attempts to cover several different issues that the Indians have encountered and continue encounter due to ignorance. In a humorous way Deloria is able to express his opinion while also spreading awareness of what “Being Indian” consists of. The chapter titled: “Anthropologists and Other Friends” blames anthropologists for all the misleading associations made towards Indians. Deloria argues, “they [anthropologists] are the most prominent members of the scholarly community that infests the land of the free…”(CDFYS: 78). Without realizing it, in their attempts to help the Indians anthropologists have only created false assumptions of Indians. All the research conducted as described in this chapter is unreliable. During the summer time anthropologists invade the Indian land trying to understand and find something that they already know. Not necessarily seeking to learn more about the Indian struggle but to confirm that all Indians have two cultures—something they knew before they even arrived in an Indian community. After all this research is done, no one has time to read through it or thoroughly analyze it and so a secretary ends up condensing the research putting it in a file that is forgotten about. But “the white man will continue to take Indian land because he will feel like he is

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