What exactly was the purpose of Hale pouring out the liquor on Grace's deceased body?

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When most people think of Native Americans, they think of alcoholism.  There is so much sorrow wrapped up with the bottle in Native American culture.  I think this is an act of defiance and anger.  The characters' lives are all affected by alcoholism in some way, due to the injustices perpetuated on their people over the years.

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