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Donna Flood
How This Writing Course Changed My Life

My Native American Culture always works against me as to any communication with the dominate race in too many ways to list. I see my little Ponca mother who has never learned to deal with racism and has become defeated in her efforts to fit into the scheme of things.She has totally withdrawn into her tribe, even to the point of shutting out her fair skinned grandchildren. I had taken a different attitude as to simply dismissing the total issue as impossible to overcome, thereby, living my life with a feeling of being separate. A halfbreed neither a part of one or the other.

During these short ten classes it has been my privilege to listen to the heart touching stories written by people who seem to have stood before the fire of life's torturous events. Somehow, seeing these continue to work picks me up at a time when my own struggles are heavy upon me.

The burdens for  people because of the changes and obviously unworkable result of these forces on our society are made obvious and are equally heavy on all. However,  a small remnant of folks deem it possible to rise up to the issues by recording what they know and have seen. This has given me a greater belief in what I am doing and, consequently, a better feeling about myself.

Race and other dividing issues fall away from me and I have a deeper respect and confidence in people once more. Of course, the total personality of mine will not be changed,  I'm sure. This is too greatly imbedded into my conscience.  But, at least, I will be able to have a different outlook as to my being so alone in my feelings. Will this continue and once again give me a restored faith in sacred or other parts of my life. This remains to be seen.

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