Sweetgrass Basket

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A wrenchingly beautiful story of two sisters trying to keep themselves together in an atmosphere of hate and shame at the Carlisle Indian School in the early 1900s.

Sweetgrass Basket, told in the alternating voices of two young Mohawk sisters attending the now-notorious Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the early 1900s, is a wrenchingly beautiful story of two sisters trying to keep themselves together in an atmosphere that fosters only hate and shame. Amidst all the abuse, the children resist the value system being foisted on them, sometimes with great good humor. “I must say,” the older sister Mattie says to Sarah about the hated Mrs. Dwyer, “‘that I hope she steps in a hole and is swallowed by the earth.’ Suddenly Sarah’s eyes brighten and a smile spreads across her face. ‘Mattie, how dreadful,’ she says in mock horror. ‘What a terrible thing to do to Mother Earth.’” The ending is a surprise that’s not really a surprise. Children died at Carlisle, in front of cold, hard people who didn’t give a damn

 

Author: Marlene Carvell
Binding Availability: Paperback only
Published: 2005
Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Mohawk