Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

1933-LittleHouseOnThePrairie

Ingalls一家从日渐拥挤的Big Woods往西迁移到印第安人的土地,在广阔而富饶的大草原定居。在这里,看着Laura的爸爸亲手建了木房子、马棚、水井,增添了一只小马驹、一头母牛和小牛,他们得过痢疾,跟印第安人有过交集,春天播下种子,看似生活会渐渐好起来。谁知道这个时候,却因为政府要驱赶白人定居者而不得不放弃亲手建立的东西,撑起大篷车,继续流浪。

那一刻的心情不禁有点失落。但是Ingalls一家并不以此为苦,宁愿带着尊严走,也不愿意赖在原地等军队驱赶,开拓、建立、放弃、再开拓,不丧气–可以看出美国人的独立精神。

Little House in the Big Woods里,描述的是简朴生活和家庭欢乐,还有童年的逸趣。而在Little House on the Prairie,则描述了白人开拓者与印第安人之间的关系。白人觉得印第安人没有很好利用土地,是白人开拓了土地,所以印第安人应该将土地让给他们,不要生事。白人中,如Scott一家是比较反感印第安人,Ingalls一家算是容忍亲近印第安人。但因为文化差异,始终两个民族都是对立矛盾关系。不禁想到Catch 22里面Chief White Halfoat说自己所在的印第安部落不断被人往西赶,一停下来,白人就来钻地采石油,他们去到哪,石油公司的人就跟到哪,直到他们的部落人差不多被赶尽杀绝,最后因为战争爆发,他被军队征去当兵,才得以生存。Little House on the Prairie里,以儿童的眼光去讲诉这一段历史,对照印第安人的现状,不由得感慨良多。

Pa: When white settlers come into a country, the Indians have to move on. The government is going to move these Indians father west, any time now. That’s why we’re here, Laura. White people are going to settle all this country and we get the best land because we get here first and take our pick. Now do you understand?

Laura: Yes, Pa…But Pa, I thought this was Indian Territory. Won’t it make the Indian mad o have to–

继续收集里面提到的歌曲:

Money Musk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-61L2B_kj0

Arkansas Traveller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACrwwCKVXxo

Devil’s Horn Pipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHupO7fJE_0

Old Dan Trucker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX8Vc4IX0TE

Blue Juniata: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvXuTG7hKCE

 

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