Unformatted text preview: The Hopi have their “pagan” rituals and worship their gods, spending their entire lives dedicated to that way of life. The whites portrayed in the novel at length are mostly missionaries whose life is led by their work. The reverend tries to relate Christianity as closely as he can to Hopi religion, and it may be suggested that Polingaysi’s teaching method reflects this manner of assimilation. Her lessons from the Frays translate into her teaching, which in turn become almost a standard for teaching young Indian children the way of the white man. It is exciting that Polingaysi’s life, her dreams, led her to pursue a life so much like the white man that she gained an appreciation and understanding for both tradition and new world ways. Her role as an Native American in education truly was fitting, as her passion and struggle throughout life led to the preparation of Indian communities for the coming of the white populace....
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- Spring '08
- Meaning of life, white man, Hopi