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Education of Little Tree, The

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A boy orphaned very young, is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression.

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"Little Tree" as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course. Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of the white businessmen and tax collectors, and how Granpa, in hilarious vignettes, scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy.

Granma teaches Little Tree the joys of reading and education. But when Little Tree is taken away for schooling by whites, we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way.

"First published in 1976 by Delacorte Press and reprinted in 1986 by the University of New Mexico Press, the late Forrest Carter's gentle memoir of his Native American childhood has remained in first or second place on The New York Times paperback best-seller list for 14 weeks. Adolescent and adult readers have warmed to the uplifting story of how this well-known writer of westerns - author of The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales and Cry Geronimo and friend of Clint Eastwood - came to know the wisdom of his Cherokee ancestors. In the wake of the success of Dances With Wolves, there is even talk of a Hollywood film.

Unfortunately, The Education of Little Tree is a hoax. The carefully constructed mask of Forrest Carter - Cherokee cowboy, self-taught writer and spokesman for Native Americans - was simply the last fantasy of a man who reinvented himself again and again in the 30 years that preceded his death in 1979. His real name was Asa (Ace) Earl Carter. Between 1946 and 1973, the Alabama native carved out a violent career in Southern politics as a Ku Klux Klan terrorist, right-wing radio announcer, home-grown American fascist and anti-Semite, rabble-rousing demagogue and secret author of the famous 1963 speech by Gov. George Wallace of Alabama: Segregation now... Segregation tomorrow... Segregation forever."      ~NY Times

Author Carter, Forrest
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 216 pp.
Publisher University of New Mexico Press 2001
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