Only approved Indians: stories by Jack D. Forbes

By Jack D. Forbes

In those brief tales, Jack D. Forbes captures the extraordinary breadth and diversity of yank Indian existence. Drawing on his abilities as pupil and local activist, and, primarily, as artist, Forbes enlarges our experience of ways American Indians event themselves and the area round them.Though all of the major characters are of Indian descent, every one is a special mix of tribal starting place, social prestige, age, and life-style-from local elder and faculty professor to lesbian barmaid and Chicano adolescent. however the U.S. govt (and might be white society as an entire) narrows the definition of "Indian".

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One young man of that type had a special effect on me. He had very large, sad eyes set in a face that would have been attractive if it had not been disfigured by a scar on one cheek, a scar that pulled his face out of shape. One of his arms was also damaged in some way and he walked with a slight limp. He came to see me when very few other people were around and he seemed to sort of talk to himself. I learned later that he was praying for me. After many visits he began to lean close to the cage and to talk to me.

Then she turned and walked slowly away; running after a few seconds. For the first time in years she cried, but Son could not see. Page 29 He called after her, but she was gone. After Son graduated from high school, he went off to Haskell Indian Junior College. His departure enlarged the empty place in Shaw's life. During the previous year she had still been able to spend some time with him, and there had been moments when she had almost forgotten the changes taking place. But after he left she realized that she was truly alone and that her feeling of sadness was not apt to go away.

He knew very well what they wanted. They wanted to study a pregnancy and the birth of a baby. They wanted a new baby born in captivity. They wanted to keep a rare species from disappearing. Lo knew all of that. But he wanted his species to disappear. He didn't want any children of his to have to grow up behind bars, in a cage, being studied by probing, curious, glassy-eyed people. Finally they took Princess away. He had managed to gesture to her and even to whisper once, and she knew how he felt, even though he had never touched her physically.

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