One form of conflict between Native Americans and whites was the contrasting belief of traditional family and societal roles. Indigenous men’s’ roles in their society was based on warrior and militaristic values. Their achievements came from heroic deeds in conquering their enemies, such that old warriors who were asked for t...
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...r way of life and the move to reservations compounded these issues even more. The government took advantage and used Native peoples as they deemed fit to shape their agenda of Westward Expansion. What was considered being worthy of written documentation during these times by Native Americans was not the struggle and despair of life living on the reservation but more of days gone by. During times of unfortunate circumstances, most people are reluctant to express or talk about their experiences but instead would prefer to forget about it. Most Native Americans at the time felt this way and that their lives on reservations were not to be discussed and not worthy of being written about because this new life was miserable. It was a new life of suffering, sadness, loss of identity, and assimilation. A new life that was not a “story” to them and not worth of being narrated.
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