did not stop until they had it.
The lines, “and when the last Indian has pawned everything
But his heart, Buffalo Bill takes that for twenty bucks… (Alexie, 1992, pp. 523-524)” I can
almost see an Indian brave standing in a pawn shop handing over his beating heart for a twenty-
dollar bill. Alexie’s larger theme of the poem, and that trickery and plotting was pivotal in the
systematic Native American degradation are clearly shown within his word choice and language.
There is trickery in the first three lines of the poem, “Buffalo Bill open a pawn shop on the
reservation right across the border from the liquor store and he stays open 24 hours a day, 7days
a week… (Alexie, 1992, pp. 523-524)” He opens a pawn shop right across from a liquor store,
and many Native Americans have become addicted to alcohol through a white man’s offer of
The third image I chose is “The Museum of Native American Cultures (Alexie, 1992, pp.
523-524)”. After Buffalo Bill has everything from the Indians, which he has “all catalogued and
filed in a storage room (Alexie, 1992, pp. 523-524)”, he turns the pawn shop to a museum. To
show how greedy he is “charges the Indians five bucks a head to enter (Alexie, 1992, pp. 523-