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Brandel Riggan Susan McKenna Honors 292C 21 November 2000 Stereotypical Native Americans Stereotyping is a common practice in todays society What happens when you use stereotypes is you draw on preconceived notions about certain racial or ethnic groups to define a person or group of people These preconceived views may not be entirely true Many races and ethnic groups are often hurt by these stereotypes An example of a racial stereotype is that all Latin Americans are gang-bangers and drug addicts This is not entirely true Though Hispanic members of society may be involved in these activities so are other ethnic groups Latin Americans have also gone on to become more productive members of society These preconceived notions often take form on the media and stem from there out into society defining our people Smoke Signals is the first real movie in todays society that accurately depicts the lives of Native Americans and addresses the stereotypes that come to mind when a person thinks of the Native American culture This story produced by Sherman Alexie is a tale about a young mans journey to another state to gather the remains of his long estranged father This tale travels along with Victor Joseph and Thomas Builds-the-Fire to Phoenix Arizona where Victor must collect his fathers ashes and bring them back to the Coeur dAlene Reservation There was an argument between Victors parents when he was a child and his father Arnold leaves his family behind Arnold Joseph is an alcoholic and this problem of his is what tore Victors family apart Through his journey Victor is forced to face his fathers alcoholism and ultimately come to grips with his past This is not necessarily what life on a reservation is like but it gives as close a depiction to Native American life as can be expected For many years the entertainment industry has been heavily criticized particularly by groups representing various minorities for the
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