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The Debate for Stereotyping-wpe

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The Debate for Stereotyping (Adapted from “Able to Laugh at Their People, Not Just Cry for Them” by James Sterngold: New York Times) Mr. Adams, an American Indian living on the Sliammon Indian Reserve recently acted in a movie called “Smoke Signals,” a movie adapted from a book of short stories by Sherman Alexie. Indians have been depicted in popular movies as sometimes pathetic, at other times bloodthirsty or poor. “Smoke Signals,” however, uses these stereotypes both to mock them and to embrace or reclaim them. This was the first feature-length movie written, directed, and acted by American Indians. It also received critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, a step by a new generation of Indian artists toward finding a space to explore their individual identities without resorting to the stereotypic clichés. The tone of “Smoke Signals,” which documents the unexpected ways two young men living on a reservation in Idaho come to terms with absent fathers, is powerful and self-confident in its self-examination. Alexie said that his main goal
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  • Spring '08
  • Buddin
  • Native Americans in the United States, Sherman Alexie, Sundance Film Festival, The Business of Fancydancing, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

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