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DOC ¿ READER The Education of Little Tree À FORREST CARTER À The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression Little Tree as his grandparents call him is shThe Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression Little Tree as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains to respect nature in The closest this book gets to touching nature is the sweet sappiness of the story Though the author put the story forward as true he was not actually a Native but a racist con man who fought to keep segregation and was a member of the KKK But this revelation shouldn't be that surprising since the book is hardly insightful or sensitive in its views Carter's characters are old romanticized cliches of the colonial 'Noble Savage' poor Indians beset by the white man's greed trying to eke a peaceful and natural existence out in the wild of nature It should remind us all that an overly rosy view can be just as racist and condescending as a negative oneCarter is just another in a long line of people who tried to make themselves mysterious and interesting by making up a distant Native ancestor and then claiming it gives them some kind of spiritual and moral superiority I guess I should mention here that it's overtly racist to imagine that a fully formed culture can be propagated through blood as if Native peoples were magic elvesBut people like to individualize themselves and if that means they have to create a culture from whole cloth to belong to that isn't going to stop them whether it's someone bringing up their '116th Cherokee blood' or a Wiccan who doesn't realize they're following Christian mysticism conspiracy theories and some stuff that was made up by delusionals and con menAnd if that wasn't enough to tip us off there's also a lengthy sambo slapstick scene almost as insulting to blacks as Martin Lawrence in a fatsuit It just goes to show that it's easy to fool people with over the top cliches and over romanticized characters Even Oprah was taken in featuring this book in her reading club but perhaps it shouldn't surprise us that one purveyor of ill informed saccharine melodrama should be taken in by anotherIn the end we get a sort of literary version of the blackface minstrel show depicting Native life with a uaint nostalgia that has nothing to do with the real experience of Natives or their history Instead everything is boiled down into a simple little story almost a fable of how the colonial mindset would prefer to see Natives as fundamentally separate in vague mystical ways They are so oversimplified as heroes or villains that they no longer resemble real people; instead they are reduced to a subspecies of man defined by a set of universally shared traits Their identity is primarily communal primarily traditional incapable of change learning or individualityIt's hard for me to think of a pointed definition or racism than 'assuming that a group of people similar in appearance and ancestry all share a series of invariable traits which make them fundamentally and inescapably different from every other individual and people group'Like 'The Kite Runner' this is just another book that assuages white guilt by making white readers feel that in just picking up a book they have become worldly understanding and compassionate despite the fact that neither book really reveals the culture it set out to depict and could not provide any real insight to anyone who was in the least familiar with how those cultures actually work

The Education of Little TreeThe Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression Little Tree as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains to respect nature in The closest this book gets to touching nature is the sweet sappiness of the story Though the author put the story forward as true he was not actually a Native but a racist con man who fought to keep segregation and was a member of the KKK But this revelation shouldn't be that surprising since the book is hardly insightful or sensitive in its views Carter's characters are old romanticized cliches of the colonial 'Noble Savage' poor Indians beset by the white man's greed trying to eke a peaceful and natural existence out in the wild of nature It should remind us all that an overly rosy view can be just as racist and condescending as a negative oneCarter is just another in a long line of people who tried to make themselves mysterious and interesting by making up a distant Native ancestor and then claiming it gives them some kind of spiritual and moral superiority I guess I should mention here that it's overtly racist to imagine that a fully formed culture can be propagated through blood as if Native peoples were magic elvesBut people like to individualize themselves and if that means they have to create a culture from whole cloth to belong to that isn't going to stop them whether it's someone bringing up their '116th Cherokee blood' or a Wiccan who doesn't realize they're following Christian mysticism conspiracy theories and some stuff that was made up by delusionals and con menAnd if that wasn't enough to tip us off there's also a lengthy sambo slapstick scene almost as insulting to blacks as Martin Lawrence in a fatsuit It just goes to show that it's easy to fool people with over the top cliches and over romanticized characters Even Oprah was taken in featuring this book in her reading club but perhaps it shouldn't surprise us that one purveyor of ill informed saccharine melodrama should be taken in by anotherIn the end we get a sort of literary version of the blackface minstrel show depicting Native life with a uaint nostalgia that has nothing to do with the real experience of Natives or their history Instead everything is boiled down into a simple little story almost a fable of how the colonial mindset would prefer to see Natives as fundamentally separate in vague mystical ways They are so oversimplified as heroes or villains that they no longer resemble real people; instead they are reduced to a subspecies of man defined by a set of universally shared traits Their identity is primarily communal primarily traditional incapable of change learning or individualityIt's hard for me to think of a pointed definition or racism than 'assuming that a group of people similar in appearance and ancestry all share a series of invariable traits which make them fundamentally and inescapably different from every other individual and people group'Like 'The Kite Runner' this is just another book that assuages white guilt by making white readers feel that in just picking up a book they have become worldly understanding and compassionate despite the fact that neither book really reveals the culture it set out to depict and could not provide any real insight to anyone who was in the least familiar with how those cultures actually work

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The Education of Little Tree ↠ Ys of reading and education But when Little Tree is taken away by whites for schooling we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way A classic of its era and an enduring book for all age I got out of college without reading a heck of a lot of classic literature American or otherwise Now I'm trying to make up for lost time I picked up The Education of Little Tree because there happened to be a copy here at my sister's house I vaguely remembered there being some controversy á la Rigoberta Menchú or Nick Frey The reissue I have from 1999 has AMERICAN INDIANSFICTION on the back cover but the introduction calls it Forrest Carter's autobiographical remembrances of life with his Eastern Cherokee Hill country grandparents I decided to just go ahead and read the book then google it laterPre google reviewTouching checkSage checkWell written checkThe characters were uite endearing and an interesting story unfolds before the backdrop of the Great DepressionPost google reviewYou poserThis article in saloncom entitled The Education of Little Fraud slams Forrest Carter actually Asa Carter pointing out that he was a founder of the Ku Klux Klan 's a detail that's hard to overlook Then there's the fact that actual Cherokee Indians have said the book is inaccurate and tends toward the Noble Savage take on thingsHonestly where does that leave us?I guess I'm just going to have to call a spade a spade or in this case call fiction fiction and just leave it at that It's still a good read taken with a grain of salt I guess I won't base my entire understanding of the Cherokee way of life on this single 216 page novel Nor my knowledge of Mayan cosmology on Mel Gibson's Apocalypto Now that's a lesson to take home TEXT ñ The Education of Little Tree Ò Forrest Carter

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Forrest Carter Ò The Education of Little Tree PDF The Cherokee Way taking only what is needed leaving the rest for nature to run its course Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of white businessmen and tax collectors and how Granpa in hilarious vignettes scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy Granma teaches Little Tree the jo Note there is a lot of controversy and here say about the author of this book Forget about it and enjoy this book with an innocent mindThe Education of Little Tree follows a young boy as he follows his Grandpa learning and loving as he goes From plowing to whiskey making it divinely illustrates the power of self Regardless of external influences industry growth abundance and love can be grown and cultivated This book was so deep and enriching on so many levels It made me look at my own life and what aspects of it were in harmony or out of harmony Little Tree and his Grandparents lived with the land not in spite of it like I feel a lot of our population is doing now It motivated me to plant a good garden enjoy nature love One aspect of the book that I really looked deeply at was the small side story of the sharecroppers They were always going from place to place without ever enough money food clothing etc They depended heavily on others for their lifestyle Little Tree and his family lived with the land and met their own needs accordingly therefore thriving and not left wanting They lived simply within their means and appreciated much So which of my needs am I meeting through my own means? Naturally I'm not going to move to a cabin in the woods with no electricity or plumbing But am I relying too heavily on someone else for my food? My retirement? My happiness? Through my tears upon finishing The Education of Little Tree I felt gratitude in knowing that true happiness does not come in the form of big houses and fancy cars I'm working striving to become self reliant and enjoying the tender moments I have with my sweet family I plan on making this a regular read