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

Perry Nodelman

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  "description": "<p>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.</p>", 
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      "affiliation": "University of Winnipeg", 
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      "name": "Perry  Nodelman"
  "headline": "A Second Look: Scott O'Dell's Sing Down the Moon.", 
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  "datePublished": "1984-02-01", 
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  "keywords": [
    "Indigenous Studies", 
    "Children's Literature", 
    "Children's Literature & Culture", 
    "Children's and Young Adult Literature", 
    "White Privilege", 
    "Children's Fiction", 
    "Scott O'Dell"
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  "name": "A Second Look: Scott O'Dell's Sing Down the Moon."
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