How does Sherman Alexie complicate stereotypical notions about American Indians in his story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"?

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In "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," Sherman Alexie tells the story of a homeless Native American man in Seattle, who finds his grandmother's stolen regalia in a pawnshop. Determined to redeem it, he embarks upon an all-night quest to somehow come up with the money. On the way, he meets all sorts of odd characters, some Native American and some white, with whom he interacts. When he raises some money, his generosity causes him to share it with others. In the end, even though he is unable to raise the money, the pawnshop owner gives him the regalia anyway, and he dances with it.

To see how Alexie complicates stereotypical notions about Native Americans, let's have a look at what some of those notions are. American Indians are typically presented as brave and savage warriors. This is why many sports teams adopt names and mascots having to do with Native American themes. Native Americans are also often portrayed as either good Indians, which means that they help European people, or bad Indians,...

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