TEDtalk: Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Q: What did you learn from viewing this TEDtalk? What further questions do you have??

A: From viewing this TEDtalk, I learned that there was the truth that history veiled, and we needed more awareness of it. Once again, I felt that I needed to be more thankful for the level of education and living quality that I am experiencing right now. I want to know why people suppressed the indigenous people to the point where they were forced to surrender or die, knowing that it was their land at the first place.

Q: What realizations do you have about the novel’s characters, plot, themes, and symbols now?

A: I realized that the novel’s plot and setting at the reservation overlapped with the reality of indigenous people that were not able to stand up against oppression. There were repeated the cycle of poverty and lack of education, which connected well with the story.

Q: How does this TEDtalk help you better understand some of the context for Alexie’s portrayal of the fictional Wellpinit Reservation and Junior’s life?

A: The context for Alexie’s portrayal of the fictional Wellpinit helps me understand the daily life and the situation that Junior was in because the TEDtalk talked about the deeper meanings toward the setting. This allowed me to really re-think about the whole story and know how Junior felt.

Q: Why do you think Alexie chose to write a young adult novel instead of something aimed at an adult audience?

A: I think the author aimed young adults instead of adult audiences because he intentionally wanted the readers to sympathize and feel the same emotions that Junior had felt, which allows a better understanding of the plot of the story. There are certain feelings that adults cannot relate, while young adults can, and I personally think that that was what Alexie was anticipating.