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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I think, however, that Alexie’s own work is important because of its consumption by a variety of audiences, and I attribute the variety of response to his work to the confluence of traditions and multiple registers he taps in the creation of his art. When he tells the woman that she is no one, I wonder if he is thinking about himself or possibly even trying to demean her in hopes of making himself feel more important. Which guides should we add? Native American author Leslie Marmon Silko is the only critic who calls The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight ceazy Heaven a set of interlinked short stories, and examines its folkloric qualities, especially its traditional referentiality; nearly dreamw the other critics treat each stow as a separate piece and judge it using purely literary vocabulary.

Can you hear the dreams shaking just a little bit as the day grows long? Through his “new-time” storyteller, Thomas Builds-the-Fire, Alexie complicatedly both rages against and replicates what is static and conservative about an oral tradition and what results from that stasis in his Native American community.

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That is, we can examine Alexie’s text for its literary practices which represent those signals of performance, and then we can begin to seek a truer understanding of traditional horsd and ideas.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand Terms of Service. Alexie also mixes tones, moving from comedy in one sentence to tragedy in the next. For example,the year of Alexie’s birth, is also the year of Victor’s birth and of another of his narrators.

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Another critic, Gramyo Tokuyama, writes, “Using poignant humor he exposes the cultural demise of a nation steeped in sacred tradition alezie surrounded by a passionless society.

The call for reader response goes far beyond the provincial “dear reader” that Western canonical writing invokes. Not only have Native Americans had their lands taken from them, but they have also been forced to live in reservations and to give up their entire way of life.


Owens argues that a Native American writer’s art is initially problematized by its complicity with linguistic colonization. This site uses cookies. The woman takes Victor back to her Winnebago, where they banter with one another and have sex.

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Plus so much more I also challenge the popular but simplistic notion that Native American writing is somehow more “oral” than other texts, and I combat in part the increasingly useless distinction between the written and oral manifestation of verbal art by relying on some ideas of Dell Hymes as well as John Miles Foley.

He’s the exact opposite of what people have come to expect—the idea of an Indian geek just doesn’t happen. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. This collection is narrated from multiple points of view and replicates traditional pan-Indian myths such as trickster and metamorphosis tales, in addition to many other “old-time” themes and motifs.

The names are taken from a popular radio and television show of the s in which a white man, the Lone Ranger, teams up with an Indian, Tonto, to battle evil in the old west. This densely poetic story, the most upbeat in the entire collection, describes the event of its title. Alexie, who has also published two novels and one other story collection Indian KillerReservation Bluesand The Toughest Indian In the Worldblurs the chronology of the stories and the collection itself does not have a dominant narrative or story frame, causing many critics to label this a collection of short stories a term Alexie does not use.

The final image in the story is of Samuel passed out drunk on the railroad tracks. This is one of the stories adapted for the film Smoke Signals. In this story, Sadie and Victor play a prank on an old drunk Indian called Dirty Joe, putting him on a carnival ride when he passes out.

I think your claim to Victor thinking that he is undeserving of the woman is a good one, and I think he tries to hide his feeling of unworthiness. Alexie references Crazy Horse several times throughout the narrative.

Alexie refers to abuses by the BIA numerous times in his stories, including “Indian Education,” in which he describes the blatant attempts by government teachers to sberman him and strip him of his Indian appearance.

The innovation according to tradition in her own life makes her declare, “Every one of our elders who dies takes a piece of our past away … and that hurts more because I don’t know how much of a future we have. At a fry bread stand at a powwow, Victor tries to get his order taken. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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 shrrman story take a drug and experience a number of visions during which they steal horses to win their Indian names.


The Spokane tribe filed a claim arguing dherman the government under-compensated them for land in an cession of land agreement. They focus on Julius Windmaker, “the latest thing in a long line of reservation basketball heroes,” who “had that gift, that grace, those shermn like a goddam medicine man. It’s supposed to be fiction, but we all know whom he’s writing about.

In Alexie’s books, one society doesn’t surround another—rather, societies disintegrate together. These tactics are Alexie’s attempts at ethnopoetics, and change the appearance of the text alexid the page, dividing the prose into a form that is interrupted and perhaps even conversational. Like his son and his grandson, he is a storyteller, but younger tribal members on the reservation have tired shermqn him and do not have time to listen to his stories, and his children have all moved away.

Nothing gets me madder than a brown person who says, ‘I just want to be a writer. Most of the hrse take place in the s and s, when reservation life draems particularly bleak, but also when many tribes began to assert their rights and lobby for more self-governance and compensation for lands taken from them. Cracroft, The Gale Group,pp. Personal Pain Community vs.

It is James who literally saves the narrator from the ravages of alcoholism, as he is forced deeams give up the bottle if he is to keep custody of the child. The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play.

These two drexms indicate that the community news story is a kind of folklore, based on an event and interpreted in a traditional manner by a storyteller who is a member of the oral collective.

My students love how organized the handouts are and enjoy tracking the themes as a class. After released, he went to see Jimmy Hendrix play, an event that would make a profound impression on him. One way his characters cultivate meaning is by mythologizing the reservation and its inhabitants.