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Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Woodstock Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

In the following essay, DeNuccio examines selection of stories from Alexie's collection, looking closely at how the Native-American characters "wage daily battle against small humiliations and perennial hurts."

The Spokane Indian characters in Sherman Alexie's short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven wage daily battle against small humiliations and perennial hurts. Situated on a reservation where the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) houses, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) trucks, and commodity foods continually mirror paternalism and dependency, and where "tribal ties" and a cohesive "sense of community" have waned, Alexie's characters confront the dilemma of how to be "real Indians," of how to find "their true names, their adult names," of how to find a warrior dignity and courage when it is "too late to be warriors in the old way," of how to ameliorate what Adrian C. Louis has termed...

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