Native American Lives in Between Cultures in Selected Contemporary Self-narratives

  • Edyta WoodEmail author
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This paper explores Native American perspectives emerging from a selection of contemporary American Indian self-narratives. The discussion is based on The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur D’Alene) and Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo (Mvskoke/Creek). These autobiographical stories offer insights into the questions of identity surrounding the dilemmas of Native Americans themselves vis à vis their own tribal community and vis à vis white culture in the United States. The self-narratives explore American Indians’ responses to traditional ways and dealing with the contemporary context of American culture and confronting the white world. The authors of these autobiographical stories share the experience of the struggles negotiating these issues within themselves as Native Americans and the outside world revealing the conflicted selves and the reality of American Indian lives in between worlds.


Sherman Alexie Joy Harjo Native American American Indian Self-narrative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Modern Languages and Applied LinguisticsKazimierz Wielki University in BydgoszczBydgoszczPoland

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