“and she had overheard the paleface woman talk about cutting our long, heavy, hair. Our mothers had taught us that only unskilled warriors who were captured had their hair shingled by the enemy”
A young Native American girl in an industrial school accounts the act of the white woman cutting off her braids, a sign in her Native American culture of honor. The white women uses her position of power to oppress and destroy the Native Americans culture and last remaining thing to her heritage. Just like the slave owners who used their intersectionality as a way to gain power in one aspect of their lives these white women destroy the last remaining thing this girl has and forces her to assimilate to a culture that will never truly accept her because of the color of her skin.