Westerns influenced our childhood games and apparel. But he knew that all along the road he traveled, there were reservation drive-ins, each showing a new and painful sequel to the first act of his life. After brainstorming for a few minutes, share your theories with the class. Mine smoked 2 packs a day each and often sent us to the 7-11 to buy them. I Hated Tonto Still Do.
I remember watching the introductory episode in reruns many times, which unfolded the story of Tonto finding the injured Texas lawman and his transformation into the Lone Ranger. Though he became well known as the Lone Ranger's friend, Tonto was originally created just so the Lone Ranger would have someone with whom to talk. They address contemporary life on the reservation. Commentary: Sherman Alexie recalls growing up with stereotype movie Indians--and loving them, wanting to be them. Determine what messages this piece of media is sending audiences about the stereotyped group.
Native Americans in Comic Books. Revisit your initial list of theories. The vision I have of a cowboy today is a regular guy on a farm trying to make a living. Well, so much for the parental influence theory. Through this story, Alexie demonstrates that if love is true, it can overcome a substantial amount of hate. Followup: Hi Ho Silver, away! I agree, the Indian outfit would be much cooler. Share your answers with a partner, then pair up with another partner team.
Jesus, we all want to survive. He depicts many kinds of storytelling in the collection. One of the men wanted to kill the wounded Tonto, but the Lone Ranger arrived on the scene and made him administer. Back then, it is such a different perspective of a famous cowboy than we have today. In this lesson, students identify stereotypes commonly applied to American Indians and think critically about how certain groups benefit from perpetuating stereotypes.
Unfortunately, the Lone Ranger was just another vigilante. I guess he is offended by how people see these Indians instead of how they really act. To me Tonto acted as a trustworthy and resourceful partner with the Lone Ranger. The radio series, noting that the pinto in the film had gone over well with audiences, decided that Tonto's mount would henceforth be a pinto. The reading is supported by a short video montage of clips from Western films. Who was that Masked Man? Later depictions beginning in the 1980s have taken efforts to show Tonto as an articulate and proud warrior whom the Ranger treats as an equal partner. Through this system of comparisons and allusions, Alexie shows that religion and mythology give people tools to understand the world around them, regardless of how spiritual they are in practice.
This reinforces her status as a compassionate, responsible community leader. I wrote about this issue in this. Your task is to conduct research to find out. Alexie: I don't get why Alexie hated Indian stereotypes and Tonto so much. I was just one little Indian boy who hated Tonto because Tonto was the only cinematic Indian who looked like me.
I longed for a fringed jacket. Because he met Tonto, he wanted to make peace with everyone which I don't really understand and put the mask on so no one would know who he was. Nevertheless, they often find that their worldview is informed by Spokane tradition even when they don't realize it. That was before the big anti-smoking campaigns. If parents promote vengeance philosophy or celebrate power through weapons, the impact of the media reinforces these views.
The television was always loud, too loud, until every emotion was measured by the half hour. Notice that the American Indians interviewed here, not unlike Sherman Alexie, are displeased about the portrayal of American Indians. However, Alexie's fiction is also preoccupied with portraying the Native American experience on a broader level, and he also addresses the question of historical forgiveness. Storytelling is an important mechanism of both reality and hope. However, Victor, , and Many Horses have a more distant relationship with tradition. For example, tells surreal stories that often have natural or historical settings.
It seems that generations of young people have accepted the mandate to solve conflicts through defensive gun violence and ignore the concept of the rule of law and reason in their justification of violence. I Hated Tonto Still Do. You will first view a short video, , which contains original footage from several Westerns, comparable to the films author Sherman Alexie would have seen as a child and teen. And the Ugly While representations of violence in the media offer many complexities not easily understood, my theory is that children take on the beliefs of their parents, who are the mediating factors and why it is difficult to arrive at an overreaching theory on how the media influences each child. Victor also likes to tell stories, but his stories are very different. Jot down your ideas in your notebook. As a class, determine if any new theories need to be added to your list and cross off invalid theories as needed.