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    Englsih Paper War Dances Native Americans make up less than .9% of the United States population. With this trivial number, it is difficult to keep its culture and traditions alive as generations progress. In the short story “War Dances,” author Sherman Alexie morns the loss of Native American identity through a deprecating tone which illustrate a divide between generations. Traditions and old teachings are essential to Native American culture; however growing up in the modern west creates a distance

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    Sherman Alexie A Native American Writer Essay

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    Sherman Alexie has made a name for himself as a prolific contemporary Native American writer, taking inspiration from his own past and experiences with modern Indian life. While there are many enduring themes throughout Alexie's writings: Native identity, modern reservation life, alcohol abuse etc. when it comes to his collection War Dances, the most apparent motif is fatherhood. Community and family are the heart of Native American cultures, with the father archetype holding great honor and expectation

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    Sherman Alexie is a Native American short story author who really puts what it is like to be a Native American into perspective. Alexie wrote the short story “What it means to say Phoenix, Arizona”, which eventually became a film called “Smoke Signals”, both these stories tell the same story but have some major similarities and differences. The theme of prejudice towards Native Americans and the struggles the race deals with on a daily basis. Sherman Alexie’s other story “War Dances” tell the same

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    Sherman Alexie: What it means to be an Indian in America “Dr. Mather, if the Ghost Dance worked, there would be no exceptions. All you white people would disappear. All of you. If those dead Indians came back to life, they wouldn’t crawl into a sweathouse with you. They wouldn‘t smoke the pipe with you. They’d kill you. They’d gut you and eat your heart.” -Marie, Indian Killer, 314 The identity of the modern Native American is not found in simple language or description. Neither does a badge

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    didn 't end well. I found that the author, Sherman Alexie, is a Spokane Indian. This is his response to the collective group "you", which refers to the European settlers mostly but also encompasses other groups who think the Native Americans should forgive the destruction of their land and culture. This poem expresses how forgiveness isn 't something to be expected; the person has to choose to forgive you based on your actions. I can empathize with Alexie and his sorrow of losing so much of his culture

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    “The Powwow at the End of the World” by Sherman Alexie appears to be a modern free verse poem with varying line length and no end rhyme. It is actually a ceremony to preserve and restore the Native American land and way of life. The repetition of the beginning of the lines and the strong rhythm suggest the drumbeat and dance of the apocalyptic powwow, or communal dance of Indians at the end of the world when all will be put right again. The speaker is an Indian answering the demand for forgiveness

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    The Senator's Son

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    Sherman Alexie’s short story, “The Senator’s Son”, was published in his 2009 book, War Dances. The emotional piece follows William, the son of a Republican U.S. Senator, after he and his friends beat up his former best friend who had come out to him as gay while they were in high school. This story deals with prejudice, forgiveness, and highlights that one’s political ideology can shape their perception of the world and those around them. After William begs Jeremy, the former best friend he had abused

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    Americans. How would you feel if a white guy who treats every day like Halloween always made fun of you, what do you think it does to their self-esteem to be bullied by Elmo? The truth that is seen in Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Missing Point by Erik Stegman and Victoria Phillips, and Illinois Must Finally Remove All Links To Chief Illiniwek by Shannon Ryan is that team mascots and stereotypical fan behavior is just showing bullying on steroids, the same bullying Arnold

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    Culture is a system of how one self-identifies. The dominant culture sets the values and expectations of society ideals. When one tries to silently assimilate into the dominant culture without losing their heritage a Hybrid is created. Sherman Alexie’s combination of short stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, highlights the many struggles Native Americans face within their culture while trying to fit into the White culture. The telling of these stories reveals the Hybridity Native

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    In determining someone to be an other—someone seen as separate from the rest of the community—many factors are at play. One of the biggest of these factors is a person’s race. Primarily, this concept causes people who are not white to be treated different, as others, in their society. However, the drive between races and the ignorance of people towards other races can be driven by other aspects of life. Things like an individual’s belongings, the environment he is in, and the attitudes of others

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