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Perna 1Josh Perna Ms. ShannonAP Lang. Period 43 October 2017Week of 10-2 LOC Work: AlvordExploring the text1. The different views of community that Lori Alvord experienced when she moved from her home in New Mexico to college in Dartmouth was that in New Mexico people were judged by their internal wealth whereas at Dartmouth you were judged by your external wealth, or in other words, your social class or how rich you were. In New Mexico Alvord learned: how to function in society, proper conduct of oneself, and various traditions of her culture. At Dartmoutheveryone is divided by what you have, opposed to what you have to offer.2. Alvord’s primary method f organization in this essay is compare and contrasting the qualities Dartmouth and her home, New Mexico. She uses the contrasting of things like her Navajo community to the Dartmouth committee to give the reader a better sense of her culture, which establishes a feeling of relationship with the reader.3. Alvord includes the Mountain chant to show how the communities of her Navajo tribe and Dartmouth are very different. In her home town of New Mexico, they would sing this song as a way for native and non-native communities to unite as one. At Dartmouth there is no sense of unity between anyone, Alvord simply had to recognize her difference from everyone there andfelt no sense of connection to the community.4. The landscape in Hanover made Alvord feel nostalgic of New Mexico. The landscape there was nothing like her homeland or even close, giving her no sense of belonging or comfort,
Perna 2like she had in her homeland. She describes the landscape in such detail to show the difference between her home and Dartmouth to show the significance of even small details and how they made her feel.5. Alvord recalls the traditions of Kinaalda, a ceremony for women coming of age to achieve power, the strength of womanhood, confidence, and security. Traditions include: getting a massage from head to toe, being sung to, being baked a cake, and each day running a mile towards the new sun (her new life). Alvord includes this in the paragraph because she was not given this celebration and feels that if she were to of had this, she might have been able to perform under such “loneliness and alienation” at Dartmouth much better because of its ability toincrease a woman’s self-confidence and decrease internal conflicts.6. Alvord’s tone in the two paragraphs on the history of Dartmouth and its Native American studies program is irritated. When she says, “The college flourished, but for literally hundreds of years its original founding purpose was not honored. ‘Educating savages’ was not onthe real agenda; it had simply been a way to get land and money”, Alvord shows her anger towards the manipulation of Indian tribes by the Dartmouth committee to ensure Indian admission into the college, only to be put in a special program separate from everyone else.

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