The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian, By Sherman Katniss

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Katniss comes from a district where people are olive-skinned; that could be Latino or Native American. More likely mixed-blood Native Indian for a number of reasons. First, in her own statement about her district, Katniss states, “District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety.”(6) That statement sounds like a description of Indian reservations that exists today. District 12 is a presentation of the extreme poverty, hunger, and hopeless place. This is the place, where alcohol and death from starvation are in the air. In literature, mainly Native American writers describe their nation as starving and dying. For example, Louise Erdrich in her novel Tracks writes, “We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall … Starvation makes fool of us. In the past, some had sold their allotment land for one hundred pound weight of flour” (1-8 tracks). She describes the genocide of the Indians due to consequences of the Dawes Act abolishment. Another Native American author, Sherman Alexie, describes in “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” his life in Indian reservation as the life full of hunger and poverty. He writes, “I am really just a poor-ass reservation kid living with his poor-ass family on the poor-ass Spokane Indian Reservation … Poverty = empty refrigerator + empty stomach.”(Alexie, 7). As we can see, both authors use the similar characterization of Native American life. Katniss describes the life in the District 12 with

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