The Native American Dream - Research Article from Literary Themes: The American Dream

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The Native American Dream

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The earliest depictions of the Native American dream are not derived directly from Native Americans, but they are recorded by early white explorers and settlers. Thomas Hariot was one such explorer; his "A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia" (1588) was instrumental in shaping European settlers' views of the native people they encountered in the New World. Though Hariot spends the bulk of his report itemizing every natural resource in Virginia that might be used or exploited, he devotes a section at the end of his report to the native people and their customs and beliefs. Hariot's vision of Native American life relates almost entirely to the way the natives respond to the white settlers in Hariot's group, or in how their beliefs differ from his own Christian perspective. Though he learns the Algonquian language and...

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