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->''"Don't ever let anyone tell you what being Indian means. Too many of us died to get just a little bit of us here, right now, right in this kitchen."''

''There There'' is a 2018 novel and the debut work by author Tommy Orange.

The book focuses on twelve "urban" Native American characters around Oakland, CA, and their lives before they all convene at a pow wow in Northern Oakland. It examines their individual struggles with heritage and identity in the modern world; through their arcs, Orange showcases the mistreatment and abuse Native Americans have faced throughout the centuries, and how the United States sanitizes it and continues to leave them with nothing.
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* TheAlcoholic: A recurring theme, examined through its effects on others. Thomas is an alcoholic and lost his job, Tony's mother left him with fetal alcohol syndrome, Octavio lost his family in a drunk driving accident, and Jacquie is trying to become sober after her daughter committed suicide.
* ADegreeInUseless: PlayedForDrama. One character has a graduate degree in native studies, but no job prospects. This is used as a metaphor for the plight of Native Americans in the modern day.
* DomesticAbuse: Blue suffers from an abusive partner, whom she eventually leaves.
* MixedAncestry: Thomas, who grapples with his mother being white and his father being "one thousand percent Indian".
* ShoutOut: The title is one to Creator/GertrudeStein's autobiography: "There is no there there."
* TheWhitestBlackGuy: How Calvin views himself, as he doesn't claim to be Native and just says he's from Oakland.
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