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There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.


- T.S. Eliot, 'The Waste Land'



If a story is a journey, then I want to enjoy every leg of the trip. I don't care where I'm going - I'd rather not know, half the time - but I want an interesting view while I travel. I'm happy to go fast or slow, straightforward path or winding road, but I don't ever want to feel like I'm waiting to arrive at the next station - or worse, feel like sleeping through to the end. That's the kind of story I like to read, and when I don't have enough of it to read, then that's what I write.

 

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Dawes & Carlise by OliveOil_Med
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: A companion story to The Deer Woman.

Corina Payton and her father, Connor, are recruiters for the Bell Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Their job entails them traveling all across the country, inviting Muggle-born and raised children to attend their school. When they arrive at an Indian boarding school, though, on what seems like a routein visit, they learn all about what can happen behind closed doors when no one bothers to look.

Suddenly, a simple invitation becomes so much more. It becomes a mission...

I am OliveOil_Med of Ravenclaw, and this is my entry for the Chronicle of Despair Forestalled.

Categories: Historical Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death

Word count: 17019 Chapters: 5 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/24/09 Updated: 08/20/10


Reviewer: DeadManSeven Signed
Date: 09/09/10 Title: Chapter 5: Epilogue Afterthought

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss.
- The Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again"

The systematic annihilation of indigenous cultures is possibly the worst crime all of humanity has to answer for. This story not only highlights the real-world side of cultural assimilation (right from the beginning, with the title nodding at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and the Dawes Act), but also seamlessly blends in the magical side of things. What happens when a young girl is taken from her tribe and forced to learn the ways of the white man? We know that story. But then what happens when a wizard shows up and says she'll be going to a white wizard school? It's more of the same, it's not liberation or freedom or anything like that, no matter how appealing it is as an alternative to the school we first see Annie in. Connor doesn't get it, and Corina doesn't really understand either: the way the Native Americans had things was working out pretty fine for them, and it wasn't the white man's place to force them out of it, no matter how good their intentions might have been.

Good story. Excellent application of real-life issues to the magical world. Interesting characters, too, in that we're sympathetic to a little girl who isn't especially nice, not too upset about the death of an essentially good man, and told these things from the perspective of a young girl who has trouble seeing outside the narrow scope of her culture. I liked this, thumbs up.


Author's Response: I was actually trying to write Annie unsypathetic, but given the circumstances, that's probably not possible. Thank you for the lovely review (I do enjoy our review circle!), and if you want to see Annie as an adult, she makes an apprence in my story, The Deer Woman.

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