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What does being Indian mean to Victor?

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Victor has an uneasy relationship to his Native American roots and heritage. On the one hand, he knows that he must leave the reservation behind and head on out into the wider world if he's to lead anything like a fulfilling life. But on the other hand, this initially makes him feel disconnected from his roots, lonely and unsure of himself in white society.

More than anything else, for Victor being an Indian is about feeling that you never really belong anywhere. That doesn't just apply to Spokane and Seattle, but also to the reservation on which Victor grew up. The reservation, like all such places, is a completely artificial community, one that separates Native Americans from the land of which they've long since been dispossessed. It is only by combining his many painful...

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