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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote 2017-07-19 07:09 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I mean, if you are using That Trope, I don't know that you could do any better than she is doing. It wasn't egregiously gross other than that - the individual Indian characters all get to be fully realized and have their own lives, and the decolonization stuff, and the way they talk about what has happened to their culture since colonization, was better than average. She has to earn her way on the reservation by using her White People privilege to help them with the decolonization project. And they are very specifically Wasco-speaking Indians on the Warm Springs reservation, and you get the impression that the author knew the Wasco and the reservation very well - it was only the spirituality stuff that came out as super generic.

If only it had been a book about the Wasco decolonizing themselves in the face of the fall of Western civilization which they may or may not have helped to cause, it would have honestly been a pretty good portrayal of American Indians, but alas it was instead a book about a white girl dealing with her personal issues, and thus there was really no way for it to not fail.

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