The Indian Removal Act of 1830 ordered the Native Americans to be exiled to the Midwest, mainly Oklahoma. This area was chosen because it was far from the land America owned. On top of that, it was not a fruitful as the other land. America wanted to hog the resources for the lifestyle they were used to. They needed the land to attract more people to their country. Also, it has also been rumored that it was a tactic to put the Native Americans on harsh land to kill them off. The Trail of Tears refers to the Native Americans, bound by chains, to walk all the way from their villages to this desolate land. During this trek, 4,00...
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...t her. It proves her point of how sacred a land and cultural is, and how even though she has been exiled from it, she will continue to count it as a part of her soul.
In conclusion, Native Americans felt the physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of exile because of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Native Americans are attached to their land, as they view nature as a sacred bond between people and spiritually. When it was taken from them, there was a sense of ultimate loss. And to this day, it is something the Native Americans will most likely never get back. They can live on the land, but the tribes and sense of community and nature have vanished. Because of the tragic and rippling effects of this act, we see the genre of Native American poetry being overwhelmed with this saddening sense of exile, which we see in the work of the Native American poet, Laura Da’.
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