The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Summary and Analysis: All I Wanted to Do Was Dance and The Trial of Thomas Builds-the-Fire

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Summary and Analysis: All I Wanted to Do Was Dance and The Trial of Thomas Builds-the-Fire

New Characters
Victor’s former white girlfriend, who is unnamed in this story.

David and Esther WalksAlong: the tribal chief, who “walks along” with BIA policy, and his wife.

Summary
In “All I Wanted to Do Was Dance” and “The Trial of Thomas Builds-the-Fire”, Victor and Thomas each play the role of protagonist for the last time in the book.

In “All I Wanted to Do Was Dance,” Victor is in Montana after a break-up with his white girlfriend. He begins one night of drinking on the dance floor of a bar and ends it in a car on the roads of an unnamed reservation.

Once in bed, he doesn’t sleep; instead, Victor entertains himself by remembering...

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