The book of Dee Brown Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee throws light on a problem of American expansion to native lands of Indians. Generally the Americans are quite aware of the sanguinary war between the whites and Native Americans, however, more is the pity they have not formed a just opinion toward the actual state of things. More people should learn the Indians’ point of view on their own history and the present.
Dee Brown managed to collect the stories narrated by the Native Americans that have never been told before. Able to visualize what the Indians see, be conscious of what they feel, make out what they think is the central idea of Dee Brown.
Little by little Indians were losing their lands in consequence of some Congress acts that are responsible for the establishing of reservations. Reservation is a place allotted to a certain tribe or a group of tribes mainly to limit their rights and movements. Moreover, the Indians were often sent to the areas that had no connection to their historical heritage. Some lands turned to be quite fertile or suitable for tourism, trade or other activities. However, it was an exception rather than a rule. Most Indians exiled from their lands to places where it was impossible to lead their usual mode of life, for example to farm or hunt.
The book tells that initially, the whites and Indians were living quite peacefully. Since the pilgrims landed America there had been no serious dissension between them until the beginning of the 19th century. Indians helped newcomers to settle and survive their first years on their land. Soon the situation got worse. The settlers wanted to control and possess every acre of newly discovered territories seeing the Indians as an obstacle on the way to power and wealth. Thus, they subtly and soon straightforwardly started to force Indians from their home grounds without remorse.
Every tribe shares their own experience of being betrayed and destroyed. Every story is unique and full of grief, humiliation and blood. The white Americans quickly forgot all favours conferred to them by sincere Indian hands and hearts. Persecution, executions, domestic repressions are the “gratitude” in response to the hospitality of the natives. Indians lost most of the battles; however, occasional victories brought them hope for revival. Today the rise of Indian pride is being observed across the U.S. which is a sign that noble heritage cannot be deprived.
The book of Dee Brown Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee throws light on a problem of American expansion to native lands of Indians. Generally the Americans are quite aware of the sanguinary war between the whites and Native Americans, however, more is the pity they have not formed a just opinion toward the actual state of things.