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Zitkala Sa (Gertude Simmons Bonnin) (Native American realism and autobiography): The School Days of an Indian Girl (1900),

The Red Apple Country that Changed Gertrude Simmons Bonnin


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Gertrude Simmons Bonnin or Zitkala-Sa (known in Dakota 's village as Red Bird ) is one of the most talented and highly educated Native American woman . She struggled and fought for the Native American culture during the time of severe oppression prevailed among them by the Euro-American civilians . Her contributions especially in literature , music

, and politics changed the insights and beliefs upon their title of sinful savages and to which she strongly challenged this white mans boastful claim of having the best culture . The aim of her works was to understand the white dominant culture from Native America , and her "Impressions of an Indian Childhood "The School Days of an Indian Girl " and "An Indian Teacher Among Indians " is an example of some of the insights of the existing differences ADDIN EN .CITE BonninGertrude Simmons Bonnin American Indian Stories2001August 5 2007www .artemispress .com (Bonnin Her objective was to criticize impelled doctrines and dedicated her life to scrap cruelty as what described into her essay . Her work is basically based from her own personal encounter and experiences which would be well understand by merely reading the three essays because each are connected and complement to one another

Her essay which is a question among the conservative administrators at Carlisle provokes bewilderment . Zitkala-Sa portrayed the negative effects of boarding schools to children of Native American . Aside from the pains from the iron routine ' in the school and the difficulty to adopt and learn to the English language , the separation from her mother for four years is a tough task to adjust with ADDIN EN .CITE Giese19962 243Paula Giese Gertrude Bonnin 1996Aug ust 5 ,2007http /www .kst rom .net /isk /stories /authors /bonnin .html (Giese

The change in the environment is the focus of the story to which several questions arises from the new world making her self uncomfortable and not at ease to stay and play with . The author is trying to show her disagreement to the boarding school approach upon their teaching in homemaking and agriculture . Religion on Christianity was forced and so far , they are leading them to the Indian culture and language eradication . She visions for a higher learning and privilege for academic subjects where in Indians could be capable on it and not just limited to vocational training ADDIN EN .CITE KroeberKarl KroeberSTUDIES IN AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE1983Augu st 5 2007http /oncampus richmond .edu /faculty /ASAIL /SAILns /74 .htm (Kroeber . As an added catch of the purpose of the story , she burly disapproves the military discipline and the manual labor program imposed

To my own perspective , the day she started school is also the start of the change of her life to which she took it for granted ( because of the "Red Apple Country , for at a younger age her destiny begins even...

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