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In one sense, these Indian stories are variations of the continuing war, metaphorical, of course, between the white and the red man and evident in some of the stories like "The Ballad of the Public Trustee," "Where the Wild Things Are," "The Mother's Dance," and "The Queen's Hat." Through Kinsella's combination of the tragic with the comic, however, a more contemporary theme emerges: the sheer determination of the Indians to survive through humor, mutual help and love, deadpan trickery, and an appreciation for the old ways of life.

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