On the Rez by Ian Frazier
Discussion Question for SuAnne Marie Big Crow (Chapters
SuAnne – How is SueAnne mythologized?
Why is she mythologized?
Lakota shawl dance at the Lead basketball game – “it was like she reversed
it somehow.” How did you respond
personally to her shawl dance?
a leap – “What Su Anne Big Crow demonstrated n the Lead high school gym is
that making the leap is the whole point.
The idea does not truly live unless it is expressed by an act: the
country does not live unless we make the leap from our tribe or focus
group or gated community or demographic, and land on the shaky platform of
that idea of a good country which all kinds of different people share”
dreams – Why don’t more of the Oglala from the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation realize their dreams?
culture – accepting praise (image of crabs reaching and struggling to get
to of the bottom of a basket) How do you define yourself? Are you independent and autonomous, or
are you a part of a whole?
are stereotypes perpetuated? For a
bibliography of important Native American figures see http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmai/referenc.htm.
What is your response to Native American logos? How many Native Americans do you see on television? In the
movies? How are they
represented? What or who is the
significance of the following:
N. Scott Momaday
Navajo Code Breakers http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq61-2.htm
Mitchell Red Cloud Junior
Wilfred Foster Denetclaw
- Evil –
What causes “darkness” to enter sueAnne’s story? What do you think of the passage on page 253: “So much is
wrong on Pine Ridge. There’s
suffering and poverty and violence and alcoholism, and the aura of
unstoppability that repeated misfortunes acquire. But beneath all that is something
bigger and darker and harder to look at straight on. The only word for it, I’m afraid, is
- Good –
How is good defined?
Differences between Native
American Culture and Western Culture
Native American Literature (Pikunis) Western Thought (Napikwans)
- Inclusiveness Exclusiveness
rather than written Linear
- Associative Sequential
world view Hierarchical
- Non-rationalist Division
- Symbols: circle, tipi Symbols:
female goddesses Patriarchy
- Epistemology Killing
- Ontology Vulgarity