Restoration of Identity in “Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Reservation”
Teresa Reed, English
10:00-10:10am | Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor
The poem "Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Reservation" by Natalie Diaz illustrates the long-established history of tension and brutality between Native Americans and Europeans. The speaker forms a glaring criticism of imperialism and religious reeducation by portraying Christian imagery in accordance with the experiences of Native Americans. The poem also contains a deliberate balance of irony and earnestness with abecedarian form and heavy subject matter. These devices develop a declaratory tone, as it seems the speaker is boldly reclaiming their identity as a Native American, despite the external forces of white supremacy and the continual erasure of their culture. The poem is Diaz’s personal affirmation of indigenous identity, relaying a broader message of resistance to oppressive expansionism, both cultural and religious.
student research, English
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Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
Harrell, Charles, "Restoration of Identity in “Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Reservation”" (2023). JSU Student Symposium 2023. 51.