X-Indian Chronicles | The Book of Mausape by Thomas M. Yeahpau

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Indian X This book, written by Thomas Yeahpau, a Kiowa, is an exceptionally thematic and thought-provoking collection of interconnected short tales and poems. Thomas Yeahpau has provided us with a fascinating collection of interconnected short tales and poems that revolve around the lives of four young American Indians growing up on the Rez today in X-Indian Chronicles. Yeahpau refers to them as X-Indians because they “belong to a race that [is] losing its culture and to a generation that [is] losing its intellect.” The four characters’ relationships link the stories in X-Indian Chronicles, yet they may be read independently.

Mausape Outlaw’s grandpa has remained true to his Indian customs and has embraced a few of the white man’s practises. Even though Mausape idolises his grandfather and is “an Indian by birth,” his ambition is to integrate into mainstream society. Yeahpau writes from the inside about young, modern X-Indians, Indians who feel imprisoned between traditions they don’t understand and the white world, where it appears they don’t belong, in a sequence of interrelated stories. Far from being pious or sanctimonious, the storey is gloomy, sensual, and frequently violent, written in urban slang riddled with obscenities. The visual quest is a psychedelic trip, and there are ongoing conflicts with drunkenness. The betrayals, though, are the most shocking—the drug dealer turned police informant, the passionate lover turned murderer. The honest, youthful writer who tells the stories is the source of optimism in this book.

The young American Indian writer offers a raw, visual view of the world on a reservation, a place where hatred toward the white man persists, the adversary frequently appears in liquid form, misogyny frequently rears its ugly head, and a new generation’s pop culture permeates pagan mythology, in stories and poems that mix fantasy elements with unwavering reality.

The book asks what it meant to be a Native American in a world that appears to have forgotten you exist. Do you prefer to lose yourself to fit in with the White Man’s World? These individuals frequently discover that they are unable to. Though they may not be aware of their background as American Indians, it nevertheless impacts their lives daily. They dwell on their ancestors’ country, but their predecessors’ customs have not been passed down. They don’t know how to live and prosper in the manner that their ancestors did. The myths that so well benefited their forefathers were never passed down to them. This void is something people sense but can’t quite put their finger on. They try to fill it with drugs, drink, and violence, but they never seem to be content.

This work effectively depicts the problems and disappointments that arise when a culture appears to be collapsing around its inhabitants. Though the book is sorrowful and frequently heartbreaking, it ends optimistically. Thomas Yeahpau demonstrates how the loss of tales may harm society, but his stories also replace that need. They symbolise a means of coping with grief and rage, love and hatred, life and death. And this is the major reason that stories exist.
Noor Ul Huda

About the Author: Noor Ul Huda

Noor Ul Huda Naeem is a Computer Science student. She is also a blogger focused on Meaningful & Core-Bases Youth Development of her country particularly in the domains of Technology, Entrepreneurship, Self-Awareness, Education & Relationships.

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