The Education of Little Tree Summary

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The Education of Little Tree starts here, when Little Tree’s mom passed away and his grandparents took him in. He lived during a time of racism and prejudice that had lived on for many years between white people and Indians. He encounters this first hand on the bus ride to the wagon trail. His grandparents did not have tickets and when they entered the bus, the driver proceeded to make a joke and say “How!” and everyone on the bus laughed. Though Little Tree did not know this, he assumed that they were friendly people. They finally arrived at their stop and exited the bus and walked for an extended period of time to their cozy home hidden amongst the mountains.
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She also mentioned that one’s spirit mind can shrink if one does see things for what they are and eventually those people become dead or so ignorant of the world around them. Eventually their spirit mind shrinks to that of a “pea” and they only see things as material items like a tree as lumber.

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“Grandma said all Cherokees had a secret place.”
(Forrest Carter, 1976)

Learning the Trade While Little Tree lived with his grandparents, his grandpa proceeded to teach him the trade of making whiskey. His grandfather, Wales, had his still deep within the mountains back in a place called the Narrows. He took it up to teach Little Tree how to make whiskey using corn and the raw materials from nature. Little Tree and his Grandfather would deliver their wares to Mr. Jenkins who would give Little Tree his old, seeing as Little Tree would not accept the new candy for the easy job picking up wood chips.
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“… Every man ought to have a trade and had ought to take pride in it….”
(Forrest Carter, 1976)

The Scandal
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Little Tree’s grandfather had never been a huge fan of politicians; however, one day when his grandfather and him where delivering their wares, a politician visited the town to give a speech about how he should be the man in Washington City. It was at this speech that Little Tree learned not to always trust people who offer what seems to be great deal without going through a careful