Topics for Further Study
Read Leslie Marmon Silko's "The Storyteller," and then compare and contrast it with stories from Alexie's collection. Describe how each of them describes the value of storytelling as a tradition and a survival skill. Provide specific examples from the respective texts.
Research the relationship between the Coeur d'Alene Indians and the Spokane Indians and present your findings to your class.
Alexie's characters often respond to the way in which Native Americans have been stereotyped in popular culture. Research films and novels for illustrations of these stereotypes and list them on the board. Next, construct a list of the ways in which Alexie's stories respond to these stereotypes. Discuss as a class.
Alexie frequently describes how the Bureau of Indian Affairs has humiliated Native Americans. Research the BIA,...
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