"Certain attitude adjustments are in order to manuver successfully through the four generations of history during which Native peoples have been living in cities. The old urban American folkloric perception that people from the country are bumpkins and city dwellers are by-nature wiser, more worldly and sophisticated is reversed when the story is told in remote Native communities. Until recently, Native traditionalists, close to the land, noted that the sophisticated "sidewalk Indian," the city slicker, more often than not was ill prepared to function in the traditional, spiritual and natural worlds back home on the rez. Today many urban Indians return home to the rez for many years at a time, questing for their tribal roots and spiritual destiny."
(American Indians and the Urban Experience, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001)
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