Native American Tribes: Grass Dancer

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Ryan Schmeck
Mr. Sizemore
English 11
November 15, 2012
Native American Tribes

After reading the book Grass Dancer, many different things can be learned from the Native American people throughout the book. It shows how unique of a people the numerous tribes in the book are, as for their beliefs and how they live among their reservations. Compared to the outside world, some may think of the Native American people as selfish Indians who only drink and gamble, but these are dismissed as stereotypes. For after reading the book Grass Dancer a new outlook can be developed upon natives. By reading the Grass Dancer, we know Native Americans are a spiritually entwined people throughout their tribes by telling meaningful legends, how they connect with their ancestors, and how they respect those in the tribe. To begin with, we know Native Americans are spiritually entwined people through their tribes from their meaningful legends. In the book the Grass Dancer, we meet a very interesting character who represents numerous Native American beliefs, Mercury Thunder. Mercury Thunder is considered an evil witch who uses “Dark Magic” to bind those she desires to her every will, which happened to many weak souls throughout the book. In contrary to Mercury, we learn of another powerful character that represents Native American beliefs, Ghost Horse. Ghost Horse is a rather majestic individual in a sense, that he is a character that has been visited to by the Thunder Birds in a dream, causing him to be heyo’ka. (Pg. 67, Paragraph 9, “This uncle of yours…”) which is a belief many Natives still believe in to this very day. Another powerful legend in the Grass Dancer is that of Red Dress. Red Dress is an ancient ancestor of Mercury’s, who first discovered a frightening power to control people through twin stones she stumbled upon. However, this power backfired as she abused it and eventually lead to her death, which can be referred to as a legend to worn Natives that you can’t abuse...
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