Research Publication Title

The Struggle to Find Self: Native American Identity and Stereotypes in the Work of Sherman Alexie

Major

English

Faculty Mentor(s)

Mary Magoulick

Abstract

When the European settlers came to America, Native Americans were pushed out of their homes. As more people moved to America and began expanding throughout the country, Indians were pushed out of their native land and often restricted to reservations. Because of this constant upheaval and the United States Government's efforts to remove all traces of Indian culture through their efforts to make Indians more American, Indians have struggled to identify themselves. Since Native Americans have not been able to settle and much of their culture has been taken from them, these people still suffer from a crisis of identity. Sherman Alexie explicitly details this struggle in his novels, Blasphemy and Flight.

Start Date

10-4-2015 10:15 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 11:15 AM

Location

HSB 202

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The Struggle to Find Self: Native American Identity and Stereotypes in the Work of Sherman Alexie

HSB 202

When the European settlers came to America, Native Americans were pushed out of their homes. As more people moved to America and began expanding throughout the country, Indians were pushed out of their native land and often restricted to reservations. Because of this constant upheaval and the United States Government's efforts to remove all traces of Indian culture through their efforts to make Indians more American, Indians have struggled to identify themselves. Since Native Americans have not been able to settle and much of their culture has been taken from them, these people still suffer from a crisis of identity. Sherman Alexie explicitly details this struggle in his novels, Blasphemy and Flight.