The Lost Ones

The Lost Ones

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"Despite her father's warnings that their tribe is always in danger, Casita, a ten-year-old Lipan Apache girl, has led a relatively peaceful life with her tribe in Mexico, doing her daily chores and practicing for her upcoming Changing Woman ceremony, in which she will officially become a woman of the tribe. But the peace is shattered when the U.S. Cavalry invades and brutally slaughters her people. Casita and her younger brother survive the attack, but are taken captive and sent to the Carlisle Indian School, a Pennsylvania boarding school that specializes in assimilating Native Americans into white American culture. Casita grieves for her lost family as she struggles to find a way to maintain her identity as a Lipan Apache and survive at the school. Includes author's note and bibliography."--From publisher's website.
Publisher: Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781620916254
Branch Call Number: J F MAC
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Oct 23, 2016

Two things

First the book is a too historical to really be enjoyed as fiction. I think the author was trying to be respectful and not embellish the story. However because it stuck so closely to the facts, it becomes dry and almost dehumanizes the main girl. It also seemed to determined to present the US army in the best possible light. I would have enjoyed it more if it dealt with the struggle to assimilate to American culture and not lose who Casita was inside. It would have have better to present the army as the villians they were.

Two the tribe has said this book is wrong to have been published. Since the author did so much research, I find it odd that she didn't respect this about their culture. Why did this main point escape her notice? Is it possible she knew the slant she was taking in being sympathetic to the American government vs the Native Americans wouldn't be welcomed? In either case she simply could have changed the name later to make it about the events not unauthorized biography; that would not have been difficult.

It's messed up when years after the fact, someone is still violating Casita. Sad. This book could have been a true window into a Native American's soul.


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