I am starting a new blog series here on Fridays titled, “Quotes of the Week.” There are times where I just want more reflection on the books that I have read and this seemed like a way to do that! We all need time to pause and really soak in what we have read, whether the book is good and sometimes not so good.
I only have one quote to start off this series because this week I have been focused on getting my boys enrolled in school and the RONE judging is in full swing—which means my inbox is never empty! Besides my InD’Tale Books that I can’t reveal until next month, I have read Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon. There is actually an exclusive InD’Tale Interview you can read if you click here.
Now, this wasn’t my favorite book club read but I absolutely adored the love story. I just wanted more positive representation for the Indigenous Peoples in this book. But there is one quote that really grabbed my attention and I wanted to spotlight its importance.
“They steal from us. We steal from them. We understand each other. But we don’t understand the whites.”Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon
This quote was spoken by Chief Washakie of the Shoshone Tribe. While the book does portray good relations with Washakie, the book paints other Indigenous peoples in a more vilified light. I understand she wanted to show the tensions between the new settlers, but we need to stop looking at it this way. The settlers were the invaders. And it didn’t stop with just settling in their territory. They tried to convert them to their religion, strip them of their culture, starved them by hunting as much as they could to drive them out, and then we are still seeing the effects today…Residential schools. Who knows how many thousands of children’s lives were taken. So when I read this quote. I held onto it for the rest of the book.
Hopefully, next week I will have more quotes for you! Have a lovely weekend.