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As America moved westward the Indians had finally run out of places to live. The Indians were moved to reservations, and the parents were convinced that their kids could develop better lives by abiding and living as a white American in the east. After they reached the east they were looked upon as savages, uncivilized and dirty. As they walked through a town they were looked upon as being the conquered and mocked. Children at the sight of them had much fear. People did not understand the culture of the Indians.
In the first narrative, the Indians boys and girls were sent to the east to become just like the white men. Indians children were oppressed with new cultures and new ways of living that were the opposite of how they have always been living. They were forced to wear new clothes that were much more uncomfortable, such as trousers, high collars, boots, stiff- blossomed shirts, and suspenders. The Indians could not understand how the whites could be comfortable in those clothes. The Indians were also degraded when it came to tampering with their culture. Their hair was cut and their names were changed to common English names and most of all they were not allowed at all to speak of their mother tongue. The food was also modernized and they had to change accordingly to stuff they never experienced. Disease was never apart of the Indian community but there were imposed as well on the Indians. So the Indian children did not necessarily benefit from the change only make them feel worse about who they were and the fact that they could not do anything about it.
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Being accepted into the whites favor was the goal for both the immigrants and the Indians. The father told has child the only way to be successful was to be like the white man, "Don't be white just be like them." Although the experience for the immigrants was not as harsh as it was for the Indians they still both had to live rough lives. All the characters in the story did experience home sickness and had past images of how life had used to be. Over all the white people had destroyed the inner sprits and culture of the Indians, but the immigrants still continued to practice their type of culture because it wasn't as different compared to the whites.