2017-06-29 10:19:49 UTC
I just finished a book by an author I had read before but this one featuring indigenous people in the first in a series. I've had it laying around forever. I had to wade through it.
And I realized that every book I read that features indigenous people is a wade. I think it is because I can't relate to them as they are written. They just don't seem real or authentic. And yet I come from a very racially diverse family with several different indigenous populations represented. Living in Alaska I've lived with persons from various tribal groups at school, at work, in my neighborhood, my religious community, just everywhere.
In my whole life, I've only read one book featuring indigenous people that I liked. It was so good I kept it to read again. And it was made into a so so TV movie. It was also the only one written by an indian.
I'm wondering if its just me or if there is something about these books that is just too "fake". And if it is because they've all been written by caucasians.
Does anybody else have experience with this disconnect?