Symbolic Objects In Smoke Signals, By Chris Eyre

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A symbolic object is a powerful tool that helps communicate meaning. Symbolic objects are created and reused by us humans to help give value to our world. Creating culture and a sense of meaning for humans, a symbolic object is nothing without culture. In other words, culture is a sense of values created through history. This is important because symbolic objects can be used to explain untouched issues settlers of this land created with Indigenous people. Indigenous people are people whom originated from a land, such as Native Americans, that settlers from another country devalue. In the film “Smoke Signals” by Chris Eyre, he expresses how difficult it is being an Indigenous person in the 21st century. In this paper, I will explain how a…show more content…
Elaine takes a second to think and states, “We don’t drink no more, remember?” This part of the scene is pinpointing the issue that Indians are huge drinkers. This issue is also portrayed through another scene where in the past Victor’s parents were partying with many others in their lawn. There are key lines that imply that this happened frequently back then. The morning after the party Victors mother, Arlene, wakes up to her son chucking the bottles that were left from the party in frustration. She realizes that drinking and partying all the time is affecting Victor. She gets in a fight with Arnold because she wants no more drinking for Victor’s sake. Arnold ends up leaving the reservation, never to return again. This drinking issue may be another stereotype, but since Chris Eyre didn’t make a joke out of it like he did with the car. This is an issue that Eyre wanted to show the audience.
Continuing the scene where the ladies find the guys walking to the bus stop to catch a bus to Arizona. Before the ladies give Victor and Thomas a ride, Elaine asks for a trade in exchange for a ride. “What are you going to trade for it? We’re Indians remember? We barter.” These questions are then followed with a smile. Clearly making fun of what the stereotype that says all Indians barter and trade within their community. To prove her point with how shallow this stereotype is, Thomas starts to tell a tale of Victor’s dad. “Arnold Joseph was the perfect hippy, because all
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