From Under the Blanket is a series of short stories that are told through the lens of modern day Native Americans. These stories provide insight into the struggles of fitting in outside of the token historical and/or Hollywood versions of what “Native Americans” are depicted as. The timeline progresses from a young girl’s perspective of learning about traditions, into a young man dealing with the grief of death and the progression of a new chapter in his life, to an older woman reflecting on the way that society judges not only her but her daughter because of their DNA. Each story translates the harsh realities of being a Native American in a society that believes this ethnicity is either extinct or subjected to the barriers of Reservations. Within each tale, there is a spark of truth of how people have been and still are treated in our current time. The mistreatment of Natives throughout the United States is showcased through these characters’ voices, echoing the importance of respecting and understanding the culture and history of all tribes, both the recognized and the overlooked.
|Commitee:||Cooper, Stephen, Zitzer-Comfort, Carol|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, Native American studies|
|Keywords:||Fiction, Native American literature|
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