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KodyBoye
10-27-2010, 03:28 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm in the process of rewriting a novel for my publisher. In the original draft of the book, I featured a Native American Indian who had stumbled across a man and his three sons after the zombie virus took hold of the outer, more wild portions of Minnesota. I'm going to be coming up to the part in the novel where the main group of people end up meeting this man, his sons and the Native Indian and wanted some advice on fleshing him out as a character.

A few tidbits:

- He isn't featured as a primary side character until the POV cuts over to the man who's a father to three sons (Jack.)
- I envisioned him living on a reservation, though this can be easily changed.
- I did a light amount of research and found that he might be a Fox Indian.
- There's a heavy focus on his 'special herbal teas' that may or may not be relevant to the fact that he's a native.
- His name was initially Eagle, though this can be changed as well.

Any help would be much appreciated. I plan on the location to be in a nondescript part of Minnesota (though it will be a more hilly area due to the scenery,) so I guess I can 'wing it' persay if I need to be a little more open.

Thanks for any help anyone is able to offer!

Stanmiller
10-27-2010, 04:38 PM
K,
IMO, you'll do well if you steer clear of the stereotypes you see in the media. Cowboy hats are ok, feather headdresses are not.

Most reservation Indians live well below the poverty line. There are few jobs, so the young people leave. Many end up living on the streets of larger cities. Alcoholism is rampant, for both reservation and non-reservation Indians.

A quick search of Minnesota's reservations finds no Fox. Chippewa, Ojibwa, and Dakota Sioux. Google Indian reservations in Minnesota. You'll find enough information to keep you busy for a while.

For news with an Indian perspective, here's an online newpaper. http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/

Stan

the addster
10-27-2010, 05:24 PM
Here's a link to a Native News and Arts paper in MN.

http://thecirclenews.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

backslashbaby
10-27-2010, 07:18 PM
It wouldn't hurt to read a lot of this guy's work:

http://fallsapart.com/

There are lots of forums for Native Americans, or with mostly Indians posting, too. I don't know Minnesota, practically at all. That'll be different than the author I gave above, but many experiences are more common. Please don't assume Western NAs (etc) have the same beliefs and such as your Indians. It's not like that.

ETA: knowing my grandfather's teas, and having a good buddy who is Pueblo from the Rez, it's probably safe to say that herbal teas are a very common thing. If you don't get too specific, you should be fine there, imho.

KodyBoye
10-28-2010, 10:38 AM
K,
IMO, you'll do well if you steer clear of the stereotypes you see in the media. Cowboy hats are ok, feather headdresses are not.


Thanks for that info. The Indian himself was never really 'stereotypical' in the sense that he 'wore a feather headdress' and 'danced around fires.' I just wrote him like a typical character. I didn't really delve into his heritage that much, which I guess saved me that trouble. I ran a search for the Indians in Minnesota and found Fox, but I trust your knowledge if they're not there. Must've been a glitch. :/


Here's a link to a Native News and Arts paper in MN.

http://thecirclenews.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Thank you!


It wouldn't hurt to read a lot of this guy's work:

http://fallsapart.com/

There are lots of forums for Native Americans, or with mostly Indians posting, too. I don't know Minnesota, practically at all. That'll be different than the author I gave above, but many experiences are more common. Please don't assume Western NAs (etc) have the same beliefs and such as your Indians. It's not like that.

ETA: knowing my grandfather's teas, and having a good buddy who is Pueblo from the Rez, it's probably safe to say that herbal teas are a very common thing. If you don't get too specific, you should be fine there, imho.

Thank you. I figured as much with the teas, but I wasn't sure. :)