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# A Second Look: Scott O'Dell's Sing Down the Moon.

Perry Nodelman

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<identifier identifierType="DOI">10.5281/zenodo.556564</identifier>
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<creator>
<creatorName>Perry  Nodelman</creatorName>
<affiliation>University of Winnipeg</affiliation>
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<titles>
<title>A Second Look: Scott O'Dell's Sing Down the Moon.</title>
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<publisher>Zenodo</publisher>
<publicationYear>1984</publicationYear>
<subjects>
<subject>Indigenous Studies</subject>
<subject>Children's Literature</subject>
<subject>Children's Literature &amp; Culture</subject>
<subject>White Privilege</subject>
<subject>Children's Fiction</subject>
<subject>Scott O'Dell</subject>
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<dates>
<date dateType="Issued">1984-02-01</date>
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<relatedIdentifier relatedIdentifierType="URL" relationType="IsPartOf">https://zenodo.org/communities/childrenslit</relatedIdentifier>
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<rights rightsURI="info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess">Open Access</rights>
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<description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;When I wrote this in 1984, I thought of myself as a humane and tolerant person expressing humane, tolerant views. I'm uploading it three decades later because I find much of what I say here embarrassing--and because what embarrasses me is my utterly unconscious assumption of white male privilege. I praise O'Dell's choice of not providing his young Navaho narrator with a name for much of the book--a choice I now see as a commentary on the deprivation of her personhood that in fact confirms and reinforces that deprivation. I also praised O'Dell's depiction of the Navajo stoicism and refusal to express anger at what is happening to them--another confirmation of a hoary stereotype. Worst of all, I simply took it as an absolute truth that no one who was Navajo or even remotely like a Navajo would ever be part of the audience of the book. I have uploaded the article here not only because I feel guilty about what I once took for granted, and because I hope I have learned enough and grown enough to be less guilty now than I was in 1984.&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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