The story “Crazy Horse Dreams” revolves around a sort-of romance between Victor, a Native American man, and an unnamed Native American woman, who. Crazy Horse Dreams. The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red. Anymore. Amusements. This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona. The short story that I was assigned to comment on was “Crazy Horse Dreams” on pg. 37 of Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto.

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Victor is a fictionalized version of Alexie, as the author has admitted. By forcing them to live on government handouts and labor at jobs that have little meaning alxie them, the federal governmentin effect, has ensured that Native Americans will continue to live impoverished lives—emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically. In Alexie’s books, one society doesn’t surround another—rather, societies disintegrate together.

Perhaps Alexie recreates a newspaper article in two separate stories to demonstrate the differences between two disparate traditions for recording an event.

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Nezzy becomes fed up with her son and her husband’s ingratitude, and leaves the house to swim naked in Tshimikain Creek, refusing to leave even when her husband and Victor plead with her. The father admits to Victor on the drive home that he was involved in a car accident once in which a white man was killed, but he was never arrested because the white man had been drinking.

This is one of the stories adapted for the film Smoke Signals. Inthe American Indian Movement AIMa group founded to help tribes assert their rights to their heritage and lands, seized the town of Wounded KneeSouth Dakotawhere United States troops slaughtered more than Sioux in This self-reflexive story underscores how storytelling helps to ensure the continuity of Indian identity. In a feature interview on National Public RadioLiane Hansen quotes a woman who grew up knowing the author: There are so many similarities between the characters in Alexie’s stories and Alexie’s own life that the collection can also be seen as Alexie’s attempt to tell the story of his life by mythologizing it.

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He’s something of a trickster figure, sort of a coyote figure, and he’s mythological in that sense. Owens writes about the complexity of the task confronting a novelist who crasy write about Indians and Indian concerns: He became famous because of beating up a National Guard private and spent two years in jail after that.

At the end of the story she tries on a beaded dress that is too heavy and buckles from its weight. LitCharts uses cookies to personalize our services. In this very short storyVictor relates an experience he had with a woman at a powwow. To find out more, including how to cray cookies, see here: His first book of prose, a collection of linked stories titled Gorse Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heavenpublished inwas highly praised and won Alexie a wide audience.

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Jimi Hendrix, part Cherokee Indian, was a Seattle-born rock and roll star who gained fame for his masterful guitar playing. Alexie, who cites Adrian C. After being prodded, he begins to tell his stories, just as he had done at his trial.

Victor, junior, and Thomas get intoxicated with some type of drug and each one of them talk about their visions. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Alexie’s stories illustrate the emotional complexities of living in a community torn apart by alcoholism, stripped of its larger social purpose, yet unwilling to assimilate the values and purposes of a culture that has oppressed its people for centuries.


A man from the Bureau of Indian Affairs describes Thomas’s behavior: In this title story, Victor leaves the reservation to live in Seattle with his white girlfriend, who plays out the role of the Lone Ranger to Victor’s Tonto.

Alexie’s stories focus on this type of interactions, showing, for example, the United States government’s attempt to control Native Americans by occupying their land, and then placing them on reservations that are run with the “help” of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Get the Teacher Edition. Can you hear the dreams putting on a good jacket that smells of fry bread and sweet smoke?

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Critics frequently praise his work as lyric, humorous and comic, and, of course, make use of the fabulous catch-all phrase critics use for any phenomena they can’t easily categorize, “magical realism. Thomas was true to tribal ties and to his word, like a true Indian. Junior Polatkin, named after a Spokane chief from the nineteenth century, is another of Alexie’s alter egos, and readers first meet him in the story, “A Drug Called Tradition,” when he, Victor, and Thomas all of Alexie’s alter egos in one story take a drug and experience a number of visions during which they steal horses to win their Indian names.

He’s always subverting convention, not only Indian conventions about Indians but white conventions about Indians. Notify me of new comments via email. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand Terms of Service.