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ERIC Number: ED200967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 10
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Three Indian Autobiographies for the Junior High School.
Stensland, Anna Lee
"Indian Boyhood," by Charles Eastman; "Kaibah: Recollections of a Navajo Girlhood," by Kay Bennett and "The Education of Little Tree," by Forrest Carter are autobiographies that offer unique opportunities for upper elementary and junior high school students to understand the lifestyles and values of native Americans. The Indian lifestyle is part of American culture, but it is important that young people understand more about Indians than pow-wows, eagle feathers, and scalping. "Indian Boyhood," the oldest of the three books, is more topical than chronological. It moves in a series of self-contained chapters, often without much connection from one to another. "Kaibah" demonstrates a bit more awareness of time and the passage of time, but may not seem like an autobiography, because it is written in the third person. Some teachers will find the language a bit difficult in "The Education of Little Tree," but it is a good lesson in regional dialects, since much of the story is of a child growing up in the backwoods of Tennessee. In spite of these problems, the reader learns about values that are especially Indian. All three children learn to live with nature and to work with it without abusing it. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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