“Dear John Wayne”: Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie Louise Erdrich, “Dear John Wayne” (Prentice-Hall) Sherman Alexie Reading “Dear John Wayne”. A native American, Sherman Alexie was raised on a reservation, One of his short stories, “Dear John Wayne”, describes a fantasy affair the. “The Toughest Indian in the World” by Sherman Alexie the year-old Spokane Indian star of “Dear John Wayne,” the most crowd-pleasing.

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Both Silko and N. The Lone Ranger had a simplicity about it that I found intriguing, and I felt like it captured some of the struggles aherman the modern American Indian. Taught to read by his father by the age of three, Alexie eventually left the reservation for an outside high school where he and its mascot were the only native Americans, but where a better education was available.

Both Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie address the oppression of their people in their poems. The mosquitoes create such an amazing transition into and out of the historical portions of her wzyne and provide the reader with an illustration that is relatable.

Etta felt small and terrified in the presence of John Wayne.

She wayns the true nature of Hollywood, reenacting something from the past while exploiting groups of people. The Native American pattern of cyclical thinking also follows a universal as well as individual paths.

Erdrich makes comparisons between the mosquitoes thirst for blood and the settlers. This is also indicates how the settlers destroyed and overcame the land only for their own benefits.

But there was an Indian kid being kidnapped and a white kid being kidnapped. Shernan a contradiction, but it also happens to be the truth.

These are stories that sneak up on you like antagonistic Indians in bars and punch you in the gut, dirty and down low when you aren’t looking, stories that hurt, deep in the soul where no understanding of another’s particular culture is required, where the slightest phrase is a void of humanity. As a work of entertainment, this book I do n I found this collection of short stories about various Native American related themes overall interesting, if only in the idea of juxtaposing related alexei on a central topic.

They compare in a few ways as well. And because he does everything – he writes novels and songs and poems and he’s a comedian – he’s an inspiration, especially for kids. But more than that, the stories get stronger. To which fiction would he be responsible- the fictitious set of rules that govern the community of anthropologists who write about and interview Natives or to the highly personal debt he had to Etta for revealing to him such an intimate story about her love life with John Wayne?


Perhaps there is a unique Native American way of seeing things, or a specific ethnic sense of humor. Alexie explores what it’s like to be a modern Indian, what identity can be.

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This of course isn’t to say the book is entirely of love stories though sex is frequently featured but more about the ties that bind.

There was a definite division between authentic data and inauthentic data in the discipline of anthropology, and his professional experience depended on that distinction which is sheerman a product of Western culture than of Indian storytelling. Want to Read saving….

And the raven here represents White people.

The blanket represents comfort and peace. You start asking questions like that, she had added, and you’re either going to start a war or you’re going to hear folk music. Alexie has tried to redress the balance by writing screenplays for Smoke Signals and The Business of Fancydancing, which he also directed.

Some of the language is terse, and some of the images he draws are downright crude. For instance, Etta is always already an expert on Indian culture from the point of view of the anthropologist interrogating her about her life and culture, but from her own point of view, she is not even regarded as an expert in her community on Native traditions and culture.

I really admire him for that. Some were better than others, but it was one of the most cohesive short story collections I have ever encountered. There was one particular story in this book that affected me because I felt my life was in these pages and it scared me a little. I have to say that I have yet to find a book by Alexie that I didn’t like. IT was her oldest sons blanket. Is that okay with you?

One, in particular, embodies the passion and rage the journalist feels but can’t seem to convert into action. A citified Spokane Indian Alexie is both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene picks up a hitchhiker, a scarred Lummi boxer, and through their interaction feels his soul ache and swoon back to his tribal past. Tales about working class indians and the down-trodden and disillusioned. Essentially we really did wage war on the Indians. He addresses death, theft, sacrifice, and fight as many of the struggles the Native Americas face using biblical imagery such as the son of Jericho and sacrificing his firstborn son and allusions.


Not surprisingly, the characters in “The Toughest Indian in the World” are struggling to establish their cultural identities. Mar 20, David rated it it was amazing. It has led, too, to a growth in the number of people claiming native American blood, now 2. The first paragraphs are told in a way that the narration of the story is disjointed from the story. It was the book that was hardest to write, that gave me the most nightmares, that still, to this day, troubles me the most because I can’t even get a grasp on it.

What it means to conform to or reject a culture.

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Witty, tender, and fierce, The Toughest Indian in the World is a virtuoso performance by one of the country’s finest writers. Alexie has ambivalent feelings about westerns such as John Ford’s The Searcherswhich he describes as “probably the most anti-Indian movie”, but reserves his most damning criticism for last year’s Windtalkers, directed by John Woo, which was based on the true story of native Americans in the second world war who used their language to communicate commands that the Japanese could not decode.

If you are considering not reading or not finishing this book of short stories based on the first several stories, at least read Dear John Wayne and One Good Man. Neither was ever interested in selling positive images, as far as I know. So Alexie writes in “The Sin Eaters,” the angriest and most apocalyptic story of the bunch. Alexie is the master of the small moment: The entire story of John Wayne and Etta revolves around the logic of symbolic identification and of enjoyment that Zizek describes in “The Loop of Enjoyment” in Tarrying With the Negative.

We begin to see the fusion of oral tradition and modern literature when the speaker becomes a part of the story. They are the rock’n’roll stars of the Catholic church. Uohn genuine expression of inner feelings, actors are hollow shells.