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Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
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Aug 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, childrens-fiction
Read in January, 2004

I really enjoyed all of the characters, but my favorite was the father. He was very gentle, wise, and humorous. I learned a lot about the culture of the people including the importance of their family relationships and the practice of naming. I would have enjoyed the incorporation of their language into the book. The most eye-opening part was the epilogue. I don't know what American schools teach in the way of Columbus nowadays, but I know I was never taught about his desire to make the native people servants or to rid them of their religion. It was a very powerful ending to this beautiful story. Again, this book is a great discussion starter about native culture, missionaries, and the death of cultures since the arrival of the white man. I am interested in reading some of Dorris's books for adults.

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