Hill Country Chapter Summary

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Native Americans have been adapting and overcoming obstacles that have been put in front of them since the Europeans arrived. Since then the Native Americans have worked hard to regain their unity and independence as an ethnicity. According to The Renewal of American Indian Self-Determination the Indian nation is free to exercise their sovereignty, including adapting to political and educational systems, judicial processes, and economic development. They have learn to adjust their ways to become consistent with the changing ways of the rest of the world; but it wasn’t always that way. The Indians overcame the European diseases, colonization’s, and reservations. In the book Hill Country they portray Indians “Native Americans” as savages which…show more content…
Herman and his brother Willy were captured and taken by the Apache Indians. The Apache killed Herman’s family his mother Caroline and Gusta. Herman was completely exposed to the Apache tribe. He was soon turned into an Apache and live the life the Indians lived. He helped with raids on white settlements. Herman was tortured and beaten until he would rather die than continue to endure the torture. The problem with Herman was he was white but lived the life of an Indian and when he got around whites he didn’t know who to be Indian or white. In Hill Country Herman Lehmann said that he was stuck in between his old ways and he didn’t know who he was he was stuck he said “About where to go. Who to be. About being with you. I’m not Indian and I’m not white I’m nothing.” Once he became a part of each culture it further confused him when he was trying to figure out who he was as a person. At one point he said “Herman Lehmann is dead, I don’t know who I am. But I know don’t belong here.” (Windle 63) Herman’s struggle has to be similar to the struggles of all Indians being exposed to the American culture and the struggle of choosing which life to

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