My thoughts on Aaron Huey’s TEDtalk and its relationship to the ‘Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’.

 

I learned a lot from Aaron Huey’s TEDtalk on “America’s prisoners of war” . (https://www.ted.com/talks/aaron_huey/transcript#t-110949). From human rights to cultural identity, I felt very intrigued by Aaron Heuys arguments about how America has been waging a silent war against their Native people. When thinking over what Aaron Huey had said about living with the Native Americans from time to time, it seemed to me like he acted as if he were the only one who has ever done this. A question I have is why have not more people talked about this topic? I have never really heard about the Lakota people and their struggles, so why is it that I am learning from this now?

Concerning Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, I think that the TEDtalk helped me realize how the theme of poverty and privilege relates to real-life events. When Junior says that he comes from poor people who come from poor people who come from poor people, I now understand why that is, and how it affects Junior and his peoples future.

I think that this video also gives a considerable amount of context for Alexie’s portrayal of the fictional Wellpinit Reservation and Junior’s life. Especially when it comes to the stereotypes of Native Americans and why the white people around Junior are (at first) scared of him because he is Indian. As a reader who did not know about the real hardships of Native Americans in modern society before watching the TEDtalk, I see now how real the concepts in this book are, and how each character represents a type of person in Rez. Life.

The author, Sherman Alexie, chose to write Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian as a young adult novel instead of something aimed at an adult audience. As the novel is supposed to be a diary of a hormonal teenage boy, I feel that she wrote it in this style to represent Junior. The diary itself should feel real, and Alexie does this by putting in pictures that Junior draws to explain his point further, this is one of the reasons why this book might be classified as “young-adult”. Another reason might be because of the language and descriptions used in the diary is because Junior is at the age where he starts doing all these hormonal and teenage things, like swearing and using silly descriptions of people, for example comparing his angry geology teacher to a volcano on page 85. 

 

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