The absolutely true diary of a part-time indian

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The absolutely true diary of a part-time indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

''''Who has the most hope" I asked. Mom and Dad looked at each other. They studied each other's eyes, you know, like they had antennas and were sending radio signals to each other. And then they both looked back at me.''Come on, I said. ''Who has the most hope"''''White people,'' my parents said at the same time.'' (Alexie 45)

''It sucks to be poor,and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor. You start believing that you're poor because you're stupid and ugly. And then you start believing that you're stupid and ugly becauseyou're Indian. And because you're Indian you start believing that you're destined to be poor. It's an ugly circle and there's nothing you can do about it.'' (Alexie 13)

''''When I first started teaching here, that's what we did to the rowdy ones, you know" We beat them. That's how we were taught to teach you. We were supposed to kill the Indian to save the child.'' ''You killed Indians"''''No, no, it's just a saying. I didn't literally kill Indians. We were supposed to make you give up being Indian. Your songs and stories and language and dancing. Everything. We weren't trying to kill Indian people. We were trying to kill Indian culture.'''' (Alexie 35)

Don't stop believin' Hold on to that feelin'

A drawing Junior made of himself (Forney 5).

Junior's drawing of Rowdy after he told him he was going toReardean (Forney 53)

A drawing of the Reardan kids making fun of Junior (Forney 63).

A drawing of white kids comparedto Indian kids (Forney 57).

By: Sherman Alexie

A drawing explaining how Junior avoids answering questions about him being poor (Forney 128).

Theme: Arnold starts out feeling like the reservation outcast, but once he transfers to the school in Reardan, he gets split into two. Arnold feel like he's only half an Indian, or as he says a 'part-time Indian'. He's not sure who he is anymore.

I picked this song because it goes with the book because this song says to keep pushing and fighting for what you believe in. That's exactly what Junior did.

I picked these pictures (which were from the book) because they showed who Junior was, or who he thought he was at least. It shows what he thinks of himself: ugly poor, and Indian. To him, those are the worst things you could ever be.

I picked these videos because they were literally made for this book. They do nothing but talk about the book and the themes and cultural connections in it. The themes of race, home, poverty, morality, friendship, and most importantly cultural identity.


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