The Life and Adventures of Native Americans
In the story The Morning the Sun Went Down, Darryl Babe Wilson discusses his personal journey as a 20th century as an Indian living within and without the dominant American society. The documentary film Even the Rain by Iciar Bollain is about the issue of oppression in the world county and the history of global economics. However, the movie overlaps with not only the production of what is being filmed in the movie, but also as the struggle that the Bolivian people had with the government and water. The people are being overcharged for their water, even the rain water was not permitted to be obtained. Noam Chomsky, author of “The Zapatista Uprising Profit Over People,” states how the signing of the NAFTA resulted in a big problem for the indigenous people in Mexico. The Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the United States and Mexico were eliminated, including labor and environmental services. The film A Century of Genocide in Americas: The Residential School Experience is about how Native American children were taken from their parents, were forcedly sexually abused and were sent to residential schools in Canada and the United States because of their race. Each of these authors suffered In The Morning the Sun Went Down, author Darryl Babe Wilson states the nearly simple life spent as a young child growing up in the tradition and ways of his people came to a sudden and tragic end when his mother's life was taken by a large, commercial truck barreling down on the wrong side of an isolated highway while trying to gain speed. "The engine had to produce more speed in order to produce money faster" (Wilson 170). When he and his siblings were not in school, they played a variety of games including: hide and seek, making soap bubbles, playing Stagecoach (where some of the children were passengers and others were “Indians”), running in the woods and swimming in the creeks. The boys tried to take rattlesnakes as their grandfather had. In those few moments, his world had directly intersected with the same unyielding, unforgiving, profit-driven force that has been chasing and decimating his people for more than 500 years. But the story starts much earlier than that. Although Darryl Wilson grew up in the mid-20th century, in many ways his life was no different. The father couldn’t raise his family, as the state officials removed Darryl and his siblings from their motherless home and placed them under the jurisdiction of the state. They "were now relocatable property of the State of California" (94). After years of being moved from one foster home to another, Darryl was turned over to juvenile authorities, placed into a lock-down facility, being allowed out of his cell only to go to school. His life had become reduced as the land that once "simply fed us" (85). His "life withered and turned a silent gray" (79). Wilson was allowed to go to school for one simple reason: education was, and still is, a major means by which the disenfranchised are dealt with. The film Even the Rain (Tamien La Lluvia) by Iciar Bollain, addresses the issue of oppression in the world country and the history of global economics. The film takes place in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which depicts the conquest of Christopher Columbus. As Sebastian and Costa arrive to Cochabamba, Bolivia, they go into a moral crisis. As the riots in Cochabamba break out on the injustices as the water price arose by 300 percent, resulted in a violent protest against the government by the indigenous Indians and the citizenry of Cochabamba. Therefore, Bolivia who claimed their rights. Unfortunately, Sebastian and Costa engage the cheap Indian population in the minor role by the average daily income for the Indians was $2 dollars a day. Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place 500 years apart, while examining the personal belief systems of the...
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Maldonado, Gustavo. “Tambien La Lluvia.” Youtube. 12 Dec. 2012. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.
Wilson, Darryl Babe. The Morning the Sun Went Down. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 1998.
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