The Film Smoke Signals

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The film Smoke Signals describes a journey that two Coeur d’ Alene Indians, Victor and Thomas, were going to Phoenix to take the remains of Victor’s father. During journey, Victor’s attitude toward his father was changing from complaint to finally forgiveness.

There was heavy Indian culture color using in this film, from the lines spoke n by Indian characters to the scene of Indian’s daily life (such as fly bread and powwow). This implies that after independence, Indians were more aspire to be solidary and to be admitted by other communities.

Connecting to what we learned of sociolinguistics so far, colonialism had a dominant influence to Indian culture, especially in language area. Indians may be forced to learn the dominant language in
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