Analysis Of Sherman Alexie 's ' The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight '
Indigenous Identities HON 2973-007
Professor Amanda Minks
17 September 2015
Stereotyping Indians in Smoke Signals Sherman Alexie’s award winning book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a collection of short stories in which he tells stories of Indians, mainly on the Spokane reservation. These stories are set in contemporary times, but the characters still struggle with the issues that have long affected Native peoples, like poverty, abandonment, and alcoholism. The book, published in 1993, later was the inspiration for the 1998 movie Smoke Signals, starring Adam Beach and Evan Adams. Smoke Signals is about two young Native American men, Victor and Thomas, that embark on a road trip together from the Coeur D 'Alene reservation in Plummer, Idaho, to Phoenix, Arizona. More than acquaintances but not exactly friends, they go to Arizona after hearing of Victor’s father’s death to retrieve his ashes. They are warned that life off of the reservation is “a whole other world” and together they realize what being Indians in a white America is like. The film is a tale of forgiveness and self-discovery, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Humor is a huge component in dealing with the many situations of sadness and regret. Overall, the movie was well-received by critics and the public alike, winning 10 awards and 7 nominations, according to IMDb, but as a film about Native Americans, and as a Native person myself, I think the film’s biggest accomplishment…