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    In Sherman Alexie’s film, Smoke Signals, Alexie uses different story telling devices to show the importance of forgiveness. Smoke signals provides a new perspective of Native American culture by submerging us into the lives of two Native American boys, Thomas and Victor. The movie begins with a fire on the Fourth of July on the Coer d’Alene reservation in Idaho, Victor’s father Arnold saves Thomas as an infant by throwing him out a window. The movie jumps ten years forward and Victor receives word

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    The Smoke Signals Forgiveness Smoke Signals, written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre, begins on July 4, 1976 on the Coeur d’ Alene Reservation. Arnold Joseph (Gary Farmer), drunk while celebrating the "independence", lit off a firework and set the Builds-the-Fire residence on fire, killing the parents of Thomas Builds-the Fire. Many people were already asleep in the house when the fire started, so no one saw Arnold’s mistake, which he kept a secret from the whole reservation. Both

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    “It’s a good day to be indigenous!” (00:04:55- 00:04:56) says Randy Peone, the voice of the KREZ radio, setting the mood for the whole film, Smoke Signals. Smoke Signals is about Native Americans, specifically Thomas Builds-The-Fire, played by Evan Adams, and Victor Joseph, played by Adam Beach, that live on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. The story follows these two proud-to-be-Indian boys all the way through their adulthood. The audience gets to see their relationship develop from distant

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    The Truth According to Who Writer Sherman Alexie and director Chris Eyre explore the relationship between truth and fiction in storytelling and the complexities of the Indian oral tradition in the movie Smoke Signals. The movie Smoke Signals follows two young Indian men, Victor and Thomas, on a journey to Phoenix, AR. to pick up the ashes of Victor’s father. Along the way many stories are told and truth is often hard to detect. Sherman Alexie and Chris Eyre reveal subtleties important to the understanding

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    Arrow of God and Smoke Signals have similar patterns of fiction, archetypes and philosophies. If you notice Campells typical hero sequence of actions can be detected in both Arrow of God and Smoke Signals. “There is a certain typical hero sequence of actions which can be detected in stories from all over the world from many periods of history. Essentially, it might even be said there is but one archetypal mythic hero whose life has been replicated in many lands by many people.”(Archetypes pg 6)

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    battles they fought. They are not normally judged by the hardships they had to face. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and Smoke Signals show that these struggles are real. In his book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, and his movie, Smoke Signals, Sherman Alexie wrote about the challenges of being a Native American. Diary and Smoke Signals are similar because they both showed many family problems throughout the story lines. Also, they are similar in that the families faced

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    Smoke Signals

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    Victor accepted the Tribal Council's offer. What else could he do? So he signed the proper papers, picked up his check, and walked over to the Trading Post to cash it. While Victor stood in line, he watched Thomas Buildsthe-Fire standing near the magazine rack, talking to himself. Like he always did. Thomas was a storyteller that nobody wanted to listen to. That's like being a dentist in a town where everybody has false teeth. Victor and Thomas Builds-the-Fire were the same age, had grown up

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    Smoke Signals is one of the most touching films of the 1990’s, based on Sherman Alexie’s short story, This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona. Although it is not a standard Western film, but one can learn much about American Indians’ life as it is a film created and acted by them. The indigenous characters of the film are not represented as the typical Western film’s American Indians, but the story represents indigenous life in a natural way, and gives a contemporary image to the viewer of

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    Analysis Of Smoke Signals

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    In the historical modern Native American film, Smoke Signals, by Sherman Alexie, it tells the story of two protagonists, Victor and Thomas, who go on a journey to collect the remains of Victor's long-lost father, Arnold. In this comical movie of pain and feeling lost, the two protagonists, face trials and tribulations that challenges their beliefs and causes them to reflect about themselves and the world around them. The protagonists, Thomas and Victor, both have different views of life and of the

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    Smoke Signals Analysis

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    A Young Native American’s Journey to Self-Discovery Smoke Signals was the first feature film to be written, directed and co-produced by American Indians. This film is based on the literal and figurative journey of two Native Americans. Alexie uses humor, storytelling, and tradition throughout Smoke Signals to represent a coming-of-age story for two young Native American men at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Much of the film’s power has to do with its honesty, both in the way the characters are

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