Finding and retaining cultural identity and self identity has been a struggle for many American Indians since the colonial era. Robert J. Conley's compelling novel, Mountain Windsong, explores the struggle to retain identity in the context of adversity. This issue is still relevant today as American Indians deal with identity issues in a dominant and always encroaching culture.Fox's analysis is a critical examination of Conley's seminal novel and its interpretation and an analysis of identity in the context of major adversity: the government enforced travail known as The Trail of Tears.
About the Author
Although she was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, Pamela Fox is a Cherokee Nation citizen who learned the Cherokee way from her grandfather, Sequoyah Coodey. She earned an MA in English at CSUB and completed all requirements for an MA in History. She teaches English composition at CSU Bakersfield and academic development courses at Bakersfield College. In her spare time, she dances, reads, researches, writes, travels, hikes, explores, spins, knits, weaves, Facebooks, listens to music, visits museums and historical sites, shops, and plays the piano. She is married, has four children, four step-children, and several grandchildren.