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Smoke Signals I watched the movie Smoke Signals and enjoyed it very much I liked seeing Gary Farmer from Powwow Highway again I think he is a pretty cool actor Anyway Smoke Signals starts out on the Coeur dAlene Indian Reservation in 1976 One of the leading characters in the movie was Thomas His parents celebrated Americas Independence Day that year by throwing a huge party where everyone was suppose to bring their own fireworks Gary Farmer who plays Arnold Joseph in this film ends up getting very drunk and mistakenly sets Thomas parents house on fire while they were both passed out inside The little baby Thomas gets blasted out of an upstairs window and Arnold miraculously catches him before he lands on the ground We do not see this in the beginning but Arnold also runs back inside to rescue his own son Victor Joseph who was the same age as Thomas at the time Thomas says to Victor that they are children born of flame and ash Thomas parents died in the fire and he was raised by his grandmother Arnold was so guilt ridden that he mourned the incident by chopping off all of his hair and vowing never to let it grow long again Victor hated to see his parents drinking when he was young and so his mother told Arnold that they must not drink anymore He takes off abandoning his wife and son never to return to the reservation again This happened when the boys were twelve years old As children Thomas was constantly harassing Victor about his father I think since he saved him and had no parents of his own asides from his grandmother that Thomas respected Arnold and saw him as somewhat of a father figure in his own life He always tells the story of the time when he walked all the way to Spokane Falls to look for
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