Native Americans In The Film 'Smoke Signals'

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Originally, I was drawn to Smoke Signals because of the modern portrayal of Native Americans by genuine Native American actors. Native Americans have little to no representation in modern media; if they are portrayed, they are depicted as casino-loving drunks. This movie begins with a fourth of July “party” on an Indian Reservation in Idaho which drips with irony that is not lost on the party goers. To make it worse, a house full of sleeping Native Americans is burned to the ground causing one of the main characters, Thomas, to be parentless. I think that Thomas goes through many internal struggles with regard to losing his parents and he copes with this by being overly involved in his friend, Victor’s, relationship with his parents. A reoccurring
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