The School Days of an Indian Girl Summary

In this story the author let us have an inside on her personal experience of encountering white American people, who tried hard to and put a great deal amount of endeavor in order to have Native American people adapt into their world. The author utilizes a chronological structure, dividing the story into subtitled sections, to show her perspective and feelings through her journey towards the palefaces, as she called them. The structure of this story makes it easy to read and understand since it is very organized. So, the author can successfully transmit her experience.
The author divided her story in multiple sections, each section subtitled. In the first section, "The land of Red Apples", the author starts by talking about how her and seven of her Native American comrades was taken to be educated in an English only school. As an unusual trip that she had never been before, she explains the fears that she had and the severe rules that she was required to f ollowed. In the second section of the story, subtitled "The Cutting of My Long hair," the author describes some of the customs of her Native people and how they clashed with some of her new school's rules, such as wearing fitted clothes and cutting her long hair, which was a treasure to her people. Next, in the "The Snow Episode," the author expresses how she eventually improved her English which helped her communicate even if it was in "broken English" as she called it. Therefore, she decided to take revenge upon the people who scared and punished her unreasonably.
The author's story is not just hers but those of many natives who suffered in the white residential school system. Also, the story of many immigrants, who come into this country not knowing the language and being pointed at for their looks, customs and "broken English". Her literacy and her famous oratory skills help her in creating a powerful and moving article that speaks for many. It personally spoke to me, as I also feel and see how many people give disapproving looks to me when they hear me talk. The despondency and isolation the author felt at the school as an outsider among white people and her urges of rebellion and revenge represent the despair and anger of all Native Americans under white oppression in her time. I think it also, represents immigrants now, and the pressure some feel to achieve ap p rov al from those born in this country. H er story is also a proud representation of the resiliency and strength of her people. I have to say I really enjoy this tell and the message one takes from it, I not only identified with the author but was able to see what happened to her through her eyes, by reading her words.
Works Cited
Zitkala-Sa. "The School Days of an Indian Girl." American Indian Stories (1921): 1-10.