Pride And Racial Inferiority In Blue Winds Dancing

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There is a fine line between admiration of one's own culture and contempt for those who are different. Where is the line drawn between pride and prejudice? A society will always feel as though their system of beliefs and way of life is superior and opposing culture are lacking in dignity. In "Blue Winds Dancing" Tom Whitecloud's unnamed character is at that crossroad in his life. Is his Indian culture truly inferior to that of the White man; is his honor to not drift away from his own culture leading to prejudice for the White man?

Throughout the story there is a constant comparison of White culture and Indian culture. It begins with the narrator noticing a difference in landscaping between the two cultures. ." . . there is always beauty in order. . . rows of growing things. . . beauty in captivity." (Whitecloud 116) Symbols in nature play an enormous part on this story. Here the narrator is describing the White culture; disciplined, orderly, enslaved. In the next paragraph he goes on to counter the White culture with his own Indian culture saying, "Later, when the first snows fall, one awakens in the morning to find the world white and beautiful and clean." (116) Snow is a major symbol throughout this story, it represents his culture as pure, clean, and simple, everything the White culture is lacking in their society. You can immediately sense the contempt the narrator has for the hustle of White society.

The narrator goes onto compare the different aspects of the cultures, and in a sense thinks like the White man, that his culture is inferior. He speaks of formal education and states how the Indians have ." . . no worries about grades and honors." (117) Because a society does not place an emphasis on formal education does not make them any less civilized than another society. When he speaks of his culture being inferior, he is placing that title on them himself. He goes on to say, "I am weary...

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