Biography Of The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven?

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Sherman Alexie
Sherman Alexie is an influential Native American writer from Spokane, Washington. He is best known for his novel The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. He was born with a severe medical condition and was never expected to amount to anything. He has written novels, short stories, poems, and even a screenplay, all heavily influenced by Native American culture and reservation life. He has gone on to achieve much in his career and still remains relevant today. He doesn’t approve of the traditional Native American stereotype portrayed by the media and attempts to change that view with his writings. Thesis
Sherman Joseph Alexie Jr. was born on October 7, 1966 on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington (Kuiper
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Sherman made his first publication, The Business of Fancydancing, in 1992 shortly after finishing college ("Sherman Alexie Biography"). He later made a movie, which he wrote the screenplay for and directed, loosely based on the poem. His best known work The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, is a collection of short stories ("Sherman Alexie Biography"). He also wrote the screenplay for and produced Smoke Signals a movie based on a story from his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Kuiper 1). He often writes about “Indians… unable to pull themselves out of the mire of history, suffering from a variety of physical, psychological, and spiritual complaints” (Magill 1). His writings have a tone that draws readers in and stays with them (Magill 1). He has also won multiple awards for his writings, including a PEN/Hemingway award and a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. In addition to receiving a “...2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas” (Kuiper 1). He also “...held the World Heavyweight Poetry title for four years” ("Sherman Alexie"). He has written in many different mediums including poetry, short stories, novels, a screenplay and even a young adult novel, this adaptability has allowed him to become a successful writer, winning many …show more content…
He did this in his screenplay, Smoke Signals, “One of the heros was this geeky, androgynous, verbose, irritating Indian guy” (Mabrey 1). He doesn’t want just wise chieftain Indians represented, he wants villains and goofballs too (Mabrey 1). Sherman also prefers the term Indian rather than Native American because he believes Native American to be an “...oxymoronic term born of white guilt…” (Kuiper 1). He also argues that the term could apply to anyone born in America (Mabrey 1). Sherman has always been shedding light on important topics concerning Native Americans. Indian mascots, a debated topic today, has been a problem Alexie has been talking about for years. In an interview with CBS News in 2001 Alexie states, "Don 't think about it in terms of race. Think about it in terms of religion… feather, the paint, the sun that 's our religious imagery.“ (Mabrey 1). This greatly offends Alexie and many other Indians. Alexie is proud of the fact that he is a Native American role model that doesn’t drink, stating, “Indian kids have seen enough… drunk Indian adults” (Mabrey 1). He also talks to young Indians about the dangers of alcoholism, a common problem in the Indian community. He says “If you are drinking now, stop it. It 's just stupid. ‘Cause you’re going to quit or you’re going to die.” (Mabrey

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