The first Native American writer to be published in English was Samson Occom(Mohegan, 1723-92). Although raised as a typical Mohegan boy, at 16 he began tostudy English, was converted to Christianity, became a schoolmaster to Indiansand then served as a missionary among New England Indians. His 1771 went through 19 editions.
Creative Lesson Cafe: Native American Picture Writing
"Indian Agency: Life of Black Hawk and the Countercolonial Provocations of Early Native American Writing." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 52: 1-2 (2006). Special Issue on "Native Americans: Writing and Written." Edited by Carolyn Sorisio. 75-104.
Native American Myth Writing Assignment
In contrast to Winnemucca, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft was a Native American writer who wanted and gained the respect of other
women writers of her time. Educated and conforming, those among the dominant society thought of her as being an intelligent, skillful
writer who used humor and wit to convey her positive portrayals of Native life.
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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.