My Name Is SeepeetzaBook - 1992
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Written in diary form, Sterling's classic tells the story of Seepeetza, a resilient inter-generational residential school survivor. In the words of a twelve year-old child, Seepeetza tells us of her own and others' experiences: of being scared all the time, of the trauma of being forced to shed h... Read More »
In the 1950s. a sixth-grader named Seepeetza has her name changed to Martha Stone when she is sent to an Indian residential school in British Columbia. In her autobiographical novel, Sterling details life at the school and her feelings toward her family.
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This autobiographical novel is written in the form of a diary, kept by Seepeetza in the 1950s after she is forced to leave her home and attend residential school in B.C. At school, where she is called Martha Stone, she endures a strictly regimented life during which she is abused and humiliated. ... Read More »
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My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling is an engaging diary following 12-year-old Seepeetza’s life growing up at a residential school and at home in the 1950’s - a life full of injustice and hatred towards her and other Indians. Seepeetza, the main character, is an adventurous 12-year-old Indian girl who is full of hope - hope for a better life, hope for good changes towards Indians, and hope that one day Indians will have the same rights that white people have. Although she's lonely and afraid at the residential school, Seepeetza shows this hope towards many, from thoughtless Sister Theo to Edna the mean bully. But will she remain hopeful, or will she be like others and give up? Taken away as a young child, she longs to be with her family and shows this longing in the story. Through her diary, Seepeetza tells her story of living in an Indian Residential School in the 1950s, and the hardships she and the others face there. At her residential school (Kalamak Indian Residential School), Seepeetza and the others endure harsh treatment by the staff, receive little food and are always hungry, can’t make their own decisions, and are trying to be made into “normal people”. Will the Residential school succeed in turning Seepeetza away from her heritage and make her into what the want her to be? Or will she stay true to who she really is?
In “my name is Seepeetza” an interesting book about how residential schools are bad for the students, Seepeetza struggles to cope with this harsh environment. Seepeetza makes enemies and friends in this book.Seepeetza is a young girl who has been stolen away from everything she loves and cares about and is taken to a residential school. Seepeetza struggles to coupe in harsh conditions but she finds a light in the dark. At residential school, Seepeetza is mistreated and abused for being herself. Seepeetza is taken away from her family because the Canadian government wanted to tame the Native Americans by teaching them the ways of Christians.
A novel based on the author’s harsh experiences as a girl at a residential school in 1950s British Columbia.
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