What oppression and discrimination did Zitkala Sa and Bama experience during their childhood? How did they respond to their respective situations?


The lesson details a good account of two different girls living at distant places. Zitkala Sa is a native American. She is taken away from her mother forcibly because the white people want the native Indians to adopt their culture. Zitkala revolts the way the Indian girls were forced to wear dresses in an immodest way.

She was much perturbed that the brave shingled the long hair of the girls. According to her culture only the mourners or cowardice wear shingled hair. But she could do nothing when they took her bravely, tied in a chair and cut off her hair. But her spirit could not be suppressed.

On the other hand, Bama was a low-caste girl. She saw the upper caste people showing discrimination against the low caste people. They could not touch food and other items of the upper caste people. They had to work for them and bow their heads. Her spirit too revolted against this injustice. She could not understand this human treatment since all are human beings. She wanted honour for all. Her brother Annan told her that she could do away with these indignities if she worked hard. Bama studied hard and stood first in her class. Many people became her friends.