This is Adsila's home. She has lived in this tepee for the past 12 years of her life. Her life here was peaceful and lovely. One day, however, a big bus would come and ruin it all.
Adsila is leaving her home. The Americans want her to join her sister at a boarding school. She is very afraid and unsure of what to expect. Shelikes her life and wants it to stay the same.
Adsila was told that her and her family were "savages" and that she needed to get on the bus. She thought the bus ride was long, hot and stinky. She didn't know how long it would be before she saw her family.
I am so scared of this place.
Adsilia was forced to cut her hair and wear new clothes so that she would fit in with the Americans. If she tried to show any connection at all to her Native American people, she would get a large punishment.
Please don't pray. It will make things even worse. I will think of my home. Also, we will both be punished even more than we are now. They are making us sleep in this attic bedroom.