Unformatted text preview: Polingaysi’s father is more open to the ideas of the white man, as he is the one who says she may go to the school in California. In contrast, her mother is ashamed when Polingaysi buys her white man’s dishes and furniture. Polingaysi sees through white eyes now, it is almost as though she is prejudice against her own tribe, her heritage. Trying to assimilate her parents, she finds constant failure. It is not that they ignore her or lash back at her, but they politely do not accept any way that is not tradition. There is no turning back. Not after experiencing a better life. Not for Polingaysi, and really anyone. It is the nature of mankind to gravitate toward a better life, as defined on a personal level. And it oftentimes becomes an obsession once that better thing is found, trying to “bring the light” (in more ways than merely religion) to family members, that they may, too, know our definition of a “better life.”...
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- Spring '08
- white man, Cultural assimilation, Hopi mythology, Polingaysi