Focuses on the problems and experiences of a small group of Papago Indians who have left the reservation to live in a ghetto in Tucson, Arizona....
|Title||:||Yes is Better Than No|
|Number of Pages||:||162 Pages|
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Yes is Better Than No Reviews
Although Yes is Better Than No captures the flavor of the 1970s, and Byrd Baylor certainly writes beautifully, I was ultimately disappointed with this novel. Tohono O'odham (Papago) people are central characters. The danger of featuring a unique cultural group in a work of fiction is that readers still believe the thoughts and actions are representative of that cultural group. Therefore, as a Native American, I am left with the feeling that we are misunderstood and objectified once again. No matter how close an outsider is to a Native population, that person doesn't really understand underlying intentions. In her children's books, Baylor's evocative poetry captures a sense of the desert and it's people; however, her novel ends up being offensive.
I read this book for my Diversity & Oppression course at Arizona State University. The author effectively contrasts the Papago (Tohono O'odham) Indians who have moved off the rez to live in Tucson with the Anglo characters, who range from bumbling but earnest to maliciously ignorant. Then there is the clash between the older and younger Papago, the latter of whom want to fight for "Red Power," yet have a skewed understanding of their own heritage.The book was published in the 1970s, and the author was particularly harsh with social workers. I'd like to think that the profession has become more culturally sensitive over the decades. Still, reading this book made me realize how "the system" (governments & public agencies/organizations) constrains even the best intentioned SWs from honoring cultural differences.
Byrd Baylor is know to me for her beautiful and lyrical children's books. This is definitely for YAs and adults, about the Tohono O'odham people in Tucson, separated from their reservation. Beautifully written, it ends too soon. Baylor brings in to question what a home really is, what a family is, a community. Even though we all may speak the same language, we really don't. Highly recommended.
A must-read for anyone living in Tucson. A definitely-should-read for anyone living anywhere else. With its descriptions of the cultural clashes between the Papago (Tohono O'odham) Indians and the white society they've ended up in, as well as clashes within the culture between young and old, and despite being written some decades ago, this book describes in the most loving way issues that are pertinent even in the present day, and applicable to the experiences of many minority groups. What is beautiful about this book is that it tells the story by looking at snippets of individuals' lives and simply narrating--nothing in here is preachy or needs to hit you over the head to get the point across. Storytelling at its finest.
Written back in 1972, but what a terrific book! Tells about the life of some fictional Papago Indians.