the last mohicans

Hey Everyone! When I was younger, I used to read a ton. As a direct result of that, my writing and reading were on point. Recently, however, I haven’t been reading as much, and as a result, my writing isn’t as good as I want it to be (albeit, still pretty good). I’ve decided to read all the books on this list over the next 1 and a half years to get back into reading and to improve my writing. Enjoy! :)

1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. Animal Farm by George Orwell

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

6. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

8. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

11. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

12. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

13. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

14. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

15. The Ecological Rift by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, Richard York

16. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein

17. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

18. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

19. The Odyssey by Homer

20. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

21. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

22. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

23. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

24. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer 

25. The Stranger by Albert Camus

26. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

27. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

28. Beowulf by Unknown

29. The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision by Fritjof Capra, Luigi Luisi

30. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

31. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

32. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

33. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

34. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams 

35. Faust: First Part by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

36. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

37. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

38. Candide by Voltaire

39. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

40. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

41. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

42. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

43. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

44. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

45. The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath

46. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

47. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

48. Antigone by Sophocles

49. Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) by Chinua Achebe

50. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

51. The Last of the Mohicans (The Leatherstocking Tales #2) by James Fenimore Cooper

52. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

53. Beloved by Toni Morrison

54. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

55. Selected Tales by Edgar Allen Poe

56. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

57. 1984 by George Orwell

58. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes 

59. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

60. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

61. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

62. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

63. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

64. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

65. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

66. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

67. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

68. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

69. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

70. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

71. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

72. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

73. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

74. The Iliad by Homer

75. Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1) by Dante Alighieri

76. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

77. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser 

78. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding

79. Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

80. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

81. Cyrano de Bergac by Edmond Rostand

82. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

83. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot

84. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

85. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

86. Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

87. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

88. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

89. Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

90. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

91. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

92. Call it Sleep by Henry Roth

93. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

94. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

95. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

96. A Death in the Family by James Agee

97. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

98. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

99. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

100. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Carther

101. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Alice looks at the sky through the fissure. She sees the starfields and feels silver moonlight pull her forward. She starts out onto the island, oblivious, unaware she’ll expose them. Suddenly Uncas yanks her down next to him. He pulls her head into his chest. Oblivion disappears. It’s replaced with escalating fear. She holds onto Uncas with desperation.

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any websites or books that are good for people who aren't native but just want to learn about the different native American tribes and their history and culture?

I can only recommend what I was shown as a child, which is mostly based around the Iroquois but there are several others thrown in, cause this is a very VERY broad question. 

The Education of Little Tree (book) (movie)

Smoke Signals (movie) (It has Slingshot from Suicide Squad and the speaking voice of Pocahontas from Disney’s version)

The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (book) (This is the book Smoke Signals is based on)

Song of Hiawatha (movie) (“Ma what was that movie you made me watch as a kid?” “Which one” “The one about the Iroquois.” “WHICH ONE” “THE ONE WITH THE JOKE ABOUT THE TURTLE CLAN” “WHICH ONE?!?!?!?”)

The New World (movie) (Basically Pocahontas without the Disney filters.)

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee (movie)

Powwow Highway (movie)

There is one movie I couldn’t find, however I was able to find clips of it on Youtube and it’s a VHS tape about Hopi Prophecies and this was the only clip I could find online. Please let me know if you can find the whole collection of this very rare piece of film (Youtube).

The Last of the Mohicans (movie

Dances With Wolves (movie) (Ma made me put these two down I didn’t want to as they are pretty standard, but she said the plus to watching Dances is seeing Kevin Costner’s ass).

For movies I would advise being very cautious, same with books. I always look into who made them and who the actors are, sadly because we have had enough frauds in our community passing off lies. Movies like Cheyenne Autumn or anything made in the “Golden Era” of Hollywood, especially the Westerns, I would highly advise you stay away from. Not only did they perpetuate lies but most of the “natives” are just people doing redface. 

For articles, I have to suggest Jamie K. Oxendine. He’s a family friend and a hell of an M.C. for powwows. Not only have I read quite a few of his articles, I’ve also been able to use him for my A.P. U.S. History course and other scholarly work. He also runs a foundation based on educating people about natives. 

And the best tip I can give you for learning our culture however is to go to Powwows, however I understand that not everyone is in America which is why I included movies and books I grew up with. The best education I ever received on my culture is through powwows and is what a lot of stuff that I say is often unsourced as it is carried on through oral tradition. Here is a link for powwow calendars. Here and here are tips and basic etiquette rules for said powwows. 



Q: Daniel, I see you every day. When I walk into my daughter’s room there’s a major picture of The Last of The Mohicans. And she is a teenager – I’m sure that’s not the only teenager in the world that has your picture. How does it feel? There are a lot of girls that really like you. Does that embarrass you basically or are you just flattered?