Find out more about the Amerindians through these 2 books

In the 6-8, this morning, Michel Dufranne shares with us his current literary suggestions around the theme of the Amerindians. He presents us with two favorites: a Pulitzer Prize and a preview.

After these 2 book suggestions to relax after the holidays, Michel Dufranne comes back to us to share his favorites from this period.

“The one who watches” by Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is a big feather American literature contemporary. She stands out, among other things, by her origins, which can be found a lot in her works. Pulitzer Prize, “The one who watches“, is a fiction in homage to his grandfather.

The story takes place at North Dakota, in the 1950s. At that time, Congress proposed a law which at first glance was to benefit the Amerindians. Indeed, it is stipulated that these would henceforth be considered like all other Americans, they would therefore have the same rights. The announcement has the merit of delighting a large part of the population.

However, There is something fishy. The element they did not realize was that it also meant the end of autonomous territories, housing and social assistance. So we discover this reality at through 2 characters.

The first is a sage, a man who during the day works “for the whites” and in the evening embodies the role of tribal chief. Being aware of what is going to happen, he will try to make his people aware on the one hand, but also to be heard by addressing senators via letters or by going to Washington.

The second character is a 19-year-old girl. Considered the success of the family, she saved up to find her sister.

These 2 destinies will intersect and debates on the situation and the living conditions of the Amerindians will be created. What to do a leap in history and discover a large number of elements relating to this period of history.

“10,000 km” by Noé Alvarez

For once, it is a preview because the book will only be available on February 2. This true story, in romantic form, tells the story of its author. Coming from a Mexican ethnicity, he lived in the United States confronting the worries of life.

One day he feels like an awareness, a sudden urge to reconnect with one’s origins. In this need, he learns of the existence of a 10,000 km “track”, led by Native American runners from Alaska to Panama. The latter would be considered a real big prayer. So he decided to take part.

During his story, he evokes the long distances of 15 km they made every day as well as his reflections on the body, social conditions, the relationship to origins and their impact on us but also interethnic relations. Indeed, he had to find his place and integrate into a group, while his presence was initially not considered legitimate.

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Find out more about the Amerindians through these 2 books