Louise Erdrich is a contemporary writer of German-American and Chippewa heritage. She reflects consciousness and awakening marking lives of people, much like herself, from dual cul¬tural backgrounds. Erdrich is aware of the problems that her ancestors have faced due to the arrival of white settlers and she is successful to illustrate such events in her works. The arrival of whites is the beginning of a new fate for Indians which changes the whole value of Native Americans. The meeting of two races causes a lot of deaths, sorrows and cruelties which are done by the hands of whites in order to find cheep labors and more gold. That’s why, the interaction of different ethnicities is one of the common themes in Erdrich’s novels since the contact between the white man and Native American remains as an ominous date in the memories of the Indians. Erdrich is a talented writer who is good at demonstrating negative and positive results of tragedies in her works by the help of characters. This talent lets Erdrich write the history objectively. She achieves remaining unprejudiced while depicting the permanent and destructive acts made by missionaries. To sum up, Erdrich, one of the popular contemporary writers of German-American and Chippewa descent recounts her consciousness of the Native American history and she is very successful to reflect theses consciousness on her characters. In this paper, Erdrich’s consciousness of the Native American history and how it is depicted through characters will be studied.
Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, Consciousness, Awakening, Whites, White Man