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How To Write The Great American Indian Novel

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All of the Indians must have tragic features: tragic noses, eyes, and arms.
Their hands and fingers must be tragic when they reach for tragic food.

The hero must be a half-breed, half white and half Indian, preferably
from a horse culture. He should often weep alone. That is mandatory.

If the hero is an Indian woman, she is beautiful. She must be slender
and in love with a white man. But if she loves an Indian man

then he must be a half-breed, preferably from a horse culture.
If the Indian woman loves a white man, then he has to be so white
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Laura Kiernan 16 February 2008
It's true, all of this. I've yet to see any book or film about white-Indian relations where this isn't the case...a bunch of half-and-halfs running around, crying and causing drama, some random wise old Indian man or woman who seem to know everything there ever was, young lovers being torn apart, white people presented only as scoundrels who purely hate the Indians...as someone who is half-and-half, I have grown to hate most literature and film about Native Americans.
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Declan McHenry 21 July 2006
Sherman, absolutely stunning. The title was a pure drag in but the piece itself left me absolutely stunned. Grand. Grand indeed.
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