Memories of a childhood book that has a Native American character
There are times when I was growing up, where few and far between, there was a Native American portrayed in pop culture. (wow, same problem today!) I can count on my hand how many times I saw a Native American character on TV, in books, in movies ect. It was not a lot.
The other day, I remembered a book with a Native girl. I couldn’t remember the name of the book (for a while there I thought it was Babysitters Club) but when I did a search, I found out it was not BC. So I searched and I searched and I searched. All I could remember is that it was about a group of girls either in Junior High or High School. I remember the Native girl being shy, beautiful and possibly Chipewyan. I also slightly remember that she might have been a model. I remember a very 80’s cover to the book, and I remember loving the series.
Well, late last night, I finally found out what the series is. GIRL TALK!!!
The Native Characters name is Allison Cloud, I can’t find what Nation she is from.
My point in this, is that when I was young there wasn’t many Natives portrayed in books, and this was a modern Native character. She was a normal High School student who went through normal everyday things that a teenager does. Now, are these the most intelligent books ever written. NO. But I like the fact that such a popular book (in the 80’s) featured a Native American character.
Irene Bedard is an acclaimed Inupiat & Inuit actress, who has starred in films for 20 years, has been nominated for a Golden Globe, and is a survivor of domestic violence (and frequently speaks out on the subject).