This movie was pleasantly surprising. It was an enjoyable watch and told a story that kept the plot line and details close to the real history of the Sioux Indians’ lives, starting with The Battle at Little Big Horn.
The movie Smoke Signals is based on the series of short stories written by Sherman Alexie. Just like any movie, there is a meaning to it. Before this movie, when I thought of the phrase "Native American" I thought of things like feathers and societies that were impeccable. But after watching the movie, Smoke Signals, it portrays what being a Native American really means. It is not all fun and games. The protagonist, Victor Joseph, has many hard aspects of his life, but throughout it all he grows mentally. His personality in the beginning of the movie is mean and despicable, he is filled with wrath, but as the movie goes on his personality grows gradually. By the ending of the movie, he was a nicer and kinder.
One of the themes used in the book is of racism towards the Natives. An example used in the book is of Edward Sheriff Curtis who was a photographer of 1900s. Curtis was interested in taking pictures of Native people, but not just any Native person. “Curtis was looking for the literary Indian, the dying Indian, the imaginative construct” (King, 2003; pp. 34). He used many accessories to dress up people up “who did not look as the Indian was supposed to look” (King, 2003; pp.34). He judged people based on his own assumptions without any knowledge of the group and their practices. Curtis reduced the identity of the Native Americans to a single iconic quintessential image of what Native meant to white society. The idea related to the image of this group of people during the 1900s consisted of racism in terms of the “real looking Indian”. This is not
Woman Hollering Creek, by Sandra Cisneros gives a vivid and imaginative view into the Hispanic culture. Cisneros expertly weaves ideas and truths of the world, from her insight on economics, religion, and gender. For example, she depicts the lives of mistresses and how their lives affected themselves and others. Cisneros’s conclusion about these women is definitely negative in tone she pities the women in these positions and wishes to reach out to them. Proof of this concept comes from Cisneros’s most notable contribution to the literary and social worlds comes in the form of one of her short stories, “Bien Pretty”, which delves into the sad realty and hope-filled possibilities for women. Analyzing these facets of Cisneros work better informs and challenges readers to rise above the stereotypes of society.
In the movie, Native Americans are often portrayed as spiritual, noble, and free this ideal image of Native Americans captured the world’s imagination at one point. It all began in late 1800s when Native Americans were among the first to shot silent by Thomas. One of the common attraction that made
To expand on the intricacy of the speaker’s life, symbolism is applied to showcase the oppression her ancestors etched on her quilt were facing for their “burnt umber pride” and “ochre gentleness” (39-40). Once again, the theme of absence is introduced as there is a sense of separation among the Native American culture as their innocent souls are forced onto reservations and taken away from their families. This prolonged cruelty and unjust treatment can be advocated when the speaker explains how her Meema “must have dreamed about Mama when the dancing was over: a lanky girl trailing after her father through his Oklahoma
John Wayne may be one of the most widely recognized figures of the Midwest. That time of high noon gun duels, free men, and most importantly, massive conflict with Native Americans. The use of John Wayne as a central plot point helps to immediately pull the reader into understanding the deep analogy and purpose of the poem. “Dear John Wayne” represents the deep struggle Native Americans faced (and continue to face) throughout the bulk of American history. For instance, the begging of the poem describes moviegoers preparing for the night with “Slow-burning spirals” in hopes of discouraging the mosquitoes from attacking them, most likely representing the native Americans trying to keep settlers at bay. Thereafter, the following stanzas represent
The film surrounds the actions of the main character Jim, following the disappearance of his only child, Emily. I believe that the pivotal scene in the movie is at the beginning of the search for Emily, where Jim and Albert sing about their conflicting views on the land, and ownership of it. Jim sings “this land is mine/all the way to the old fence line” (Carmody) illustrating the white settlers’ view traditional view of land ownership, that they have dominion over the land – seeing it as a possession – and are somewhat of a king upon
This Mountain is where much happiness and contentment was felt for the Kiowas, it is where Momaday’s origins began, and it is the place where tragedy struck the tribe. This tragedy came in the form of soldiers. One example of this is when the Kiowas were going to perform a ceremonial Sundance, “Before the dance could begin, a company of soldiers rode out from Fort Sill under orders to disperse the tribe” (Momaday 10). These soldiers ripped the Kiowas of their land and eventually placed them in reservations. This is where Momaday grew up, and this is where the barrier between the older generation and the younger generation began. This history of the Kiowa culture is a very important part of the novel because it explains where the gap between generations began, and in Momaday’s point of view, it explains the gap between him and his grandmother.
In chapter ten, author Bruno Nettle takes the reader to the town of Browning, Montana, where he is about to witness a modern Native American ceremony. As he observes, he notices that only one-half of the people there are actual Native Americans. The rest are are white tourists and innocent observers just like himself. Eventually, somewhere around eighteen singing groups appear from different tribes and reservations. They will be summoning the dancers into what is known as the grand entry. Nettle notices that the overall style of the music remains the same among all of the different groups, or `drums.' People are able to interact by taking pictures, video and tape recording what goes on. In that
All of the stories in “Uncle Tom’s Children” draw upon African American folk culture. The names of all the stories except “Big Boy Leaves Home” are taken from black spirituals. Although the title of “Big Boy Leaves Home” is not taken from music, the story is punctuated with songs and the idea of the train as a means of escape which dominated African American folklore and culture. The use of music in the stories is very
Instead of portraying objective, factual reality, it is biased toward the plight of the Navajo Natives, and designed to invoke sympathy for the Navajo’s plight, and righteous indignation within the audience against the corrupt, powerful corporate energy and mining business, and their cronies in Washington D.C. Similarly to popular films, the movie appeals to the Categorical Imperative, an internal sense of justice within the audience. The film narrates a brief history of the Navajo people, and the history of consistent violation of treaties signed between the Navajo and the U.S government, on the part of the government. In the center of the conflict lies the immense abundance of the natural resources that are located on the Navajo land, and the big corporate and governmental machinations, designed to exploit these resources at all costs. These machinations resulted in forceful removal of the Navajo people from their land, and permanently altered their way of life. The film is filled with dramatic scenes of powerful machinery destroying Navajo’s sacred sites, and their very lives, in the name of the corporate financial prosperity. These dramatic frames are accompanied by the angelic voice of Laura Nyro and her song Broken Rainbow. Opposite of the cold, steel machinery, the Navajo’s humble, pastoral and traditional
“On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City” by Sherman Alexie tells a story of a Native American man who is on a train listening to this white woman talking about his culture. This frustrates the man because he feels that the white woman country (America) took away his ancestors land. Alexie's poem addresses the problem he has with American history and the problem he has with ignorant people. He doesn't feel like his people were treated fairly throughout history, even though they arrived on the land first. Sherman Alexie educates us about Native Americans and how they have been mistreated in American history.
“But Nebraska was not always a bed of roses. When the first settlers arrived, they found a harsh, unforgiving place, a vast treeless expanse of barren, drought-parched soil. And so, summoning up the dynamic pioneer spirit of hope and steely determination, they left. But a few of them remained” (Barry). Pioneers move west to the Nebraska area, hoping to find fertile soil and climate weather. In reality, the soil is poor and winters were hard. The pioneers are expecting the land to work with them, but it is actually working against them. Many pioneers give up and leave; the few who remain are proven to be strong and determined to force the land to cooperate. Willa Cather’s purpose in My Ántonia and O Pioneers!, both set on the Nebraska Divide, is to argue to readers that women can be strong and independent pioneers, through their increased understanding of the land, as seen through similes, personification, juxtaposition, and arrangement.
“The War God’s Horse Song” is written by a Native American Indian Tribe named Navajo. This poem is written in the perspective of the son of the Turquoise Women. He began to describe the beauty of a horse using visual imageries. Because of the Native American traditions, nature is used connect to visual descriptions of the horse. Through the descriptions of the horse, the tone presented by the narrator is awe and respect. The horse almost seems as a divine being when comparing the horse’s mane to rainbows and his eyes to stars, “The Holy Wind blows through his mane/his mane is made of rainbows” (line 9-10). “My horse’s eyes are made of stars” (12). The Native Americans can be seen to describe the horse with other aspects of nature, thus, showing how interconnected everything is in the Native American traditions. The connections of nature are presents with an attitude of admiration. The perspective of the poem is also important to how the tone is presented;