The Early Native Americans - Orgsites
Ridge, whose Cherokee name was Yellow Bird, wrote poetry which deals with nature and the poet's reaction to the natural environment.
Ridge’s experiences with nature seem transcendental, which is frequently seen in writing by early Native Americans.
Early Native American Literature: Brief Outline Guide
Early Native American writing exhibited the struggle they experienced by the authors to find their own voice within the culture of
America, but it was later in the 1960’s that their writing began to express the humiliation felt by Native American peoples over their “less
than human” treatment by the dominant society. These early writers were driven by their awareness of the power of writing as a tool in
changing attitudes, but it would be a long time before this could overcome the deep prejudices shaped during the conflicts between
Euro-Americans and Natives in the bloody Indian Wars of the 18th and 19th centuries.