Themes and Meanings

(Comprehensive Guide to Short Stories, Critical Edition)

Stone Columbus, who has had the Trickster of Liberty made and placed at Point Assinika, is the master trickster of the story. The local radio show host, Luckie White, says Stone is a healer in his stories, and healing through humor is his only mission in the world. Such is also the mission of the author, Gerald Vizenor, the trickster behind the trickster.

The story refers once to the patriotic U.S. color scheme of red, white, and blue; however, the only color appearing consistently throughout the story is blue, a color held in high religious regard by many Native American cultures. For example, the blue statue named the Trickster of Liberty, an obvious link between the Native American trickster figure and the U.S. Statue of Liberty, sits prominently in the bay by the Point Assinika marina. Many other blue things, both living and inanimate, also appear: birds called “blue puppets”; a blue child named Blue Ishi; blue medicine poles; “the blues that heal,” possibly the music known as the blues; many blue moccasins, including those worn by Felipa Flowers when murdered and those worn by the children of Point Assinika as a sign that they have been healed; Admire’s blue tongue; Miigis’s blue robe; blue spirit-catchers; and the vault in the House of Life, which turns blue when Blue Ishi touches the stones and the Trickster of Liberty statue outside the vault.

Names are also important in “Moccasin Game.” The central character, Stone Columbus, is purportedly a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus, as are all the other residents of Point Assinika. Those residents include Truman,...

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