Personal Narrative: The Little Snakes

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The little snakes On my way to the Lakota reservation, I was thinking at some questions for the wise man I was going to meet with. I was nervous. I made sure that I have everything for the interview. The cassette recorder was not that important as the tobacco for the old man. The cigarettes were a must. Finally I arrived there. There was a rocking chair on the porch and a sort of circle with feathers was hung near the door. No, it was not a dream catcher although it looked like it. I was to find out that it was put there to send away the bad spirits. We entered in the house and I gave him the tobacco. When I asked him if we would smoke from the Ceremonial Pipe he laughed. He said I had heard and seen to many stories,…show more content…
The west was expending inevitably. The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 established the Sioux Reservation. The U.S government pledged to keep whites out of this territory. In 1874 Lt. Col. George Custer and his army discovered gold in the Black Hills, which led to different battles between the Americans and Sioux who just wanted to defend their area, homes and way of life. On June 25, 1876 Lt. Custer was defeated at the Battle of Little Big Horn by the chiefs, Sitting bull, Gall, Crazy Horse and their men. He had attacked their encampment and, as a consequence, lost his entire command of more than 200 men in the battle. In 1889 we were split into six smaller reservations. Being suffocated by the Americans we began to practice the Ghost dance that was thought to extinguish the whites and to bring back the buffalos. Our defeat was next. On 29 dec. at Wounded Knee 250 Indians were massacred by Custer’s 7th Cavalry. This event is described as the last major conflict between The U.S. and the Native Americans. After this battle we slowly began to fit in the American world- The Citizenship Act, the Indian Reorganization and other major…show more content…
They were allowed to keep their father's names as surnames. The girls were not required to have hair cuts but instead of the traditional two braids they were required to braid it into one braid down their backs. Often these children were beaten when speaking there native language and they learned to forget. When coming back to the Reservations they could no longer communicate with their own family members. These children were outsiders even in there own lands. Often they were adopted by white families without parental consent.” “But how is the situation now?” “About 30.000 Sioux live on reservations in South Dakota. There are also found smaller reservations in North Dakota, Nebraska and northeastern Montana. Canada is also a host. Life in reservations? Hmm, look at mine. I live in a wooden house, in fact in more a cabin than a house. Only twice a week I have cold water. Fortunately, people that live in this reservation are united and we help each other. “Do you have a favorite

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