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The Gift

Story Stats

Rating: 5
Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Page count: 6

Author

Joseph
Bruchac

Appeared in

In Short: How to Teach the Young Adult Short Story

Story Summary

A young Onondaga girl has been chosen by her elders to go to a special Indian School in Virginia. But she can't understand why the minister's wife who is accompanying her treats an elderly black porter like a servant. Faithful to her Onondaga upbringing, she presents the porter with a corn husk doll - made to remind people of the great gifts given to them - and says, "Grandfather, thank you for what you've given me."