Indigenous Comic Art: #@)!* Stereotypes

This week we read Sherman Alexie’s book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. In that story the narrator is a boy living on a reservation. Alexie’s story doesn’t hesitate to share the negatives alongside the seemingly sparse happy moments within his hero’s story. This book is partially autobiographical, reflecting moments from Alexie’s childhood, […]

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An Intense Flight

After reading, discussing and generally obsessing over The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, I decided to see what other Sherman Alexie gems my local library might have.  His 2007 book Flight was the very first book in the paperback section.  The cover’s primary colors and the story’s first sentence—“Call me Zits.”—suggested that this […]

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The Politics of Sharing

In the late 19th and early 20th century, the American and Canadian governments began establishing boarding and residential schools designed to assimilate and acculturate Native children. By “civilizing” the young children, and  “erasing” their Native background, these children could become more “productive” members of North American society. Leap from the boarding school era to the […]

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Bringing History Home

“How can you criticize our history? You did the same thing in America to the Indians.” I was on the Perth subway with several classmates two days after arriving in Australia. In a casual conversation with the stranger, a classmate had explained that we were spending time with members of the Noongar tribe in Western […]

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