White Indian Boy, by Elijah Nicholas Wilson is the fascinating true story of a boy who leaves his family to live with Indians. It’s a first-hand look into the way Native Americans lived and the kinds of crazy antics boys engaged in.
Themes: parenting; world views; boyhood
Principle: Entering a new culture requires great patience and understanding.
Read with: Caddie Woodlawn; Little Britches; The Little House on to the Prairie
1- Why did Elijah choose to go with the Indians?
2- Why did the Indians struggle so much to accept Elijah? Did he struggle to accept them? 3- Why is it so difficult for individuals of different culture to understand each other?
4- How would Elijah’s life have been different if he had not gone? Would it have been better? Why or why not?