My Name Is Seepeetza

My Name Is Seepeetza

Book - 1992
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Seepeetza experiences blatant racism by being taught to deny her Indian heritage at school.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 1992
ISBN: 9780756910303
Branch Call Number: J FIC
823 S838m
Characteristics: 126 pages ; 19 cm


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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.

vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

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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Dec 17, 2019

This was an okay book. I liked it and I was hooked from the beginning, but the writing wasn't that well. I liked how the author made the entries of realistic length, and weren't written every day, but I feel like it had a lot more potential. 4/5

Jul 08, 2017

Matter of fact diary account of a schoolgirl, at residential school and then at home. Perfect for teens (or preteens), but also of interest to adults.

vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

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. She dreams of returning home for summers and holidays. This novel won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize when it was first published in 1992.

Mar 22, 2014

didnt like it that much good idea but it could have been better explored.

Jan 20, 2012

Such a heart touching book! Bit of adventure too. I <3 it.

Dec 24, 2009

It?s no secret that the United States has a troubled history with its native populations. American Indians/ Native Americans were prejudiced against, warred with, rounded up, stripped of their cultural heritage, and generally given a very raw deal. Sadly, this is not a history specific to this country. A similar story unfolded in Canada at the same time, and My Name is Seepeetza is a tale about the results of that history. Beginning in the 1940s, the Canadian government forced its native people to send their children to residential boarding schools. The goal was to teach these children how to become ?civilized? members of ?white society.? They were forbidden to practice their cultural traditions, speak in their native languages, or use their own names. The means to enforce this ?civilization? were not gentle. Seepeetza, our young narrator, is renamed Martha at her school in British Columbia in the 1950s. Beaten if she speaks ?Indian,? absued and looked down upon by her teachers, picked on by older students, and only allowed to return home for a few months in the summer, Seepeetza?s childhood is a decidedly difficult one. Her story is highly autobiographical; author Shirley Sterling is a member of the Nlakapamux First Nation of the Interior Salish tribal group in British Columbia and spent her own formative years at a residential school. The Canadian government closer the last of these schools in the 1990s and has since made reconciliation efforts with the country?s Native American population, but it?s a chapter in history that any country would be loathe to dwell on (the United States used similar schools to ?reform? Native Americans). The strength of My Name is Seepeetza lies in its childish voice. Seepeetza is bewildered and afraid; she longs for home but also has a desire to please her superiors at the school. It?s a difficult conflict with no easy solution, and that makes it a history well worth learning.


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Dec 17, 2019

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?

Dec 07, 2019

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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Dec 17, 2019

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