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P. House Made of Dawn Essay

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 1 Professor Johnson N. American Religious Traditions 7 December 2007 The Wise Grandfather Native American cultures and lifestyles before colonization of the Americas are  some of the most fascinating and rich ways of living documented throughout human  history. Native Americans today fully and passionately claim these inherited cultures  while still living and interacting with the modern westernized culture in America. Yet,  living in a culture and time that dramatically varies from your immediate heritage is a  unique struggle Native Americans have; attempting to live in a modern world of hourly  jobs and air conditioning while still fully claiming to be a warrior that comes from a  traditional hunter-gatherer type society. N. Scott Momaday captures this internal  struggle found in nearly all Native Americans in his fictional novel House Made of Dawn which follows Abel, a young Indian of Kiowa heritage, through a life where his Native  American identity is constantly being challenged by external forces. Throughout the  novel Abel is guided by his wise and passionate grandfather Francisco to learn, relate,  and eventually fully accept his native heritage. In the novel House Made of Dawn , a 
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 2 Kiowa Indian named Francisco teaches his grandson what being a Navajo truly means  by fully embracing his heritage, religious life, and selfless love for his grandson. Francisco’s identity is completely solidified in his Kiowa heritage. Nearly all of his  significant memories, trials, loved ones, and mental rites of passage are tied to his  Kiowa lifestyle. Francisco’s Indian worldview is fully apparent when he experiences his 
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