Midge satire biting, instructive

Undoubtedly, the first thing one would ask about Tiffany Midge’s biting satire “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” is why a Native author would take Dee Brown’s seminal “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” as inspiration for her book’s title.

Brown’s serious epic is one of those works that changed how America thinks about Native people. It was authors and activists like Brown who were responsible for the renaming of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and for the honoring of Native as well as soldier casualties. They helped turn the tide against overt and subtle racism by creating a movement to rename Harney Peak Black Elk Peak. And the impact continues, with Native people objecting to monuments dedicated to Christopher Columbus and pioneers who “tamed” the West.

So why Midge’s book, and now?

For more of the column, see the July 30 edition of the Kossuth County Advance.

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