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North Smithfield High School Library: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie:

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 “I know I’m reading a good book when it simultaneously breaks your heart into thousands of pieces and then makes you laugh so hard that it joins all the pieces together”

- On reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Digital Public Library of America:

"This primary source set includes photographs, text documents, and interviews with Sherman Alexie that provide context for thematic elements within The Absolutely True-Diary of Part-Time Indian."

**The discussion questions found in the "Teaching Guide" are connected to the items found in the "source set"**

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A short interview with Sherman Alexie:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian tracks the misadventures of a young teen, Arnold Spirit, Jr., who decides to leave the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. Alexie, who describes the book as semi-autobiographical, speaks with Renee Montagne.

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National Museum of the American Indian:

"Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians as well as how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States."

Miss Tallahassee, Rosemary Plunkett advertises Pepsi-Cola, 1962

Photo by Ted Newhall

New York Times:

The Canary Effect:

"Delving deeply into the often misunderstood and frequently over looked historic realities of the American Indian, The Canary Effect follows the terrifying and horrific abuses instilled upon the Indigenous people of North America, and details the genocidal practices of the US government and its continuing affects on present day Indian country."


America's Native Prisoners of War - Aaron Huey:

"Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson."

New York Times:

A Conversation with Native Americans on Race

(Re)making History: The Real Story is Bigger and Better - Kevin Gover

NMAI Director Kevin Gover discusses some of the Americans exhibition’s themes in his 2015 TEDx Talk.

Google Scholar:

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Digital Public Library of America:

“Before­-and-­after-education” photographs of Sioux boys taken three years after arriving at boarding school in the 1880s.