Native American Literature and Sovereignty: A Debate

1. The Native American Students’ Organization (NASO) here at UNCP has invited you once again to participate in a debate about Native American Literature and sovereignty.This time, they want you to talk about Tommy Orange’s There There, and to explain how the novel highlights the relationship between settler stereotypes and sovereignty.Before you begin your presentation, you’ve asked them to play Video 2 from this week, Tommy Orange’s short film “Ghost Dance.”Now, explain how the short film provides a metaphor through which your audience can understand the relationship between settler stereotypes, There There, and sovereignty. Reference ideas from the short film, and quotations from the novel, in your post.2. Imagine that you had finished your presentation, and one of the members of your audience wasn’t entirely satisfied with your discussion of the ending. In fact, they’re angry with the group for choosing the novel because of the way it ends. Here’s what they had to say:“A shootout at a Powwow? I mean, come on! Do we need another book that ends with the death of a bunch of Native people? Isn’t that the same story we’ve seen forever? You talked about settler stereotypes, and about violence, and about always going back to the past; but, how does the ending not confirm all of those stereotypes? And, even worse, Indigenous people are killing each other at the end. That’s not sovereignty. That’s the same old story that’s kept Native people out of sight and out of mind for all these years.”Other people around the table start to nod in agreement, and look to you for your response. What will you say?In a brief essay of 400-500 words, offer a theory for why Orange chose to end the novel with a chaotic shootout in which most of the characters we’ve come to know meet their end and why, for the rest of the characters, Orange offers no resolution.Your objective is to help your audience recognize the connections between the ending of the novel and the stories presented throughout; and to also see those stories as related to the prologue and the interlude, parts of the novel most readers seem to forget but that offer important ideas for reading and understanding the stories. You should evidence from across the novel to support and defend your theory.