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    Bianca Hill 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…

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    Have you ever asked yourself “what is the need for reading if it is displeasing for me?” People may think that reading is a hobby and that it is not for everyone except for those that love reading. However, literature has similar effects to the brain as lifting weights or going on a run does for muscles in the body; it strengthens the brain and enhances thinking skills. Most would not argue that exercise is degrading to the body. Unlike with reading, many argue literature does not improve the…

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    Repairing The Brain

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    Reading Literature The brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body. Until recently, scientists have known very little about how the brain works. With today’s technology scientists have been able to figure out how the brain works; through this research, they have found that the brain is affected by reading in a peculiar way. Most actions activate a specific part of the brain; for example, listening to music will activate the part of the auditory region of the brain. According to…

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    Indian Stereotypes

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    courage and ambition to lead a successful life. The author used stereotypical notions but, he also shared some good messages that could help and appeal to anyone with the journey of self-discovery. This author doesn’t solely focus on rich or poor but, Alexie gives balance and displays how easier his life became when he was able to be accepted on either side of the…

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    Masculinity In War Dances

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    In War Dances, there are many interpretations of the world. Alexie ultimately seeks to ask how we as humans attempt to get familiar with one another and experience things amongst each other. Themes such as identity, change, loss and the past’s reach into the present connect the texts of War Dances together. In several parts of War Dances, there is a strong rejection to people being defined or judged. Alexie realizes the power of language and how it also fails to completely capture the human…

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    As a child, my mother frustrated me by telling me to clean my room. I did not understand the concept of not living in a pigsty; I just wanted to go play. My version of cleaning was more like stuffing everything I could fit under my bed. My ignorance did not allow me to realize my cubby was not an infinite space, and eventually my beloved toys would flood over into my floor. As I grew and matured, my mom caught on to my ridiculous hiding space, and I cleaned my room. Trying to hide does not solve…

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    faces with his disabilities, his race, and his socio-economic status, as he states, “Do you know what happens to retards on the rez? We get beat up. At least once a month” (Alexie 4). He also understands the reality of race inequality. He learns that hope exists “farther and farther…away from this sad, sad reservation” (Alexie 43). When he decides to attend school in a white-dominated town, his community back home considers him a traitor, and his new white peers do not immediately accept him.…

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    “The Only Traffic Signal in the reservation doesn’t flash red anymore” written by Sherman Alexie the main character, Victor, struggles to overcome the challenges that constantly faced Native Americans. It is not the obvious obstacles such as “Mass murder, loss of language and land rights. It’s the small things that hurt the most. The white waitress who wouldn’t take an order, Tonto, the Washington Redskins” (Alexie 49). The issues caused by the ignorance and bigotry of the society causes Native…

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    I would have never chosen to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie if I had my choice. I am so glad that it was one of the books that Mrs. Martin has for us to read this year, and it was a really great one to start off with. I enjoyed this book so much, I laughed and cried. It had very many very good lessons to be learned from it as well. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian should not be banned from schools and libraries. All of the stuff that has…

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    Jack Wilson Quotes

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    Throughout Indian Killer, John is searching for the "right" white man to kill. As narrated in the third chapter "John knew he could kill a white man, but he was not sure which white man was responsible for everything that had gone wrong...Which white man had done the most harm to the world?" (27). At the end of the novel however, it seems as thought he find the white man responsible-Jack Wilson-yet he decides not to kill him. Instead, he decides to inflict what appears to be a Mark of Cain upon…

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