The story “Crazy Horse Dreams” revolves around a sort-of romance between Victor, a Native American man, and an unnamed Native American woman, who. Crazy Horse Dreams. The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red. Anymore. Amusements. This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona. The short story that I was assigned to comment on was “Crazy Horse Dreams” on pg. 37 of Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto.

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The most interesting innovation on a traditional figure is the development of the character Thomas Builds-the-Fire, for as Alexie himself explains in an interview, “Thomas explodes the myth and stereotype about the huge, stoic, warrior Indian. He asks her why she has no scars on her body, and The book’s title is derived from one of the collection’s stories, which details the experience of a Native American who leaves the reservation to live in Seattle with his white girlfriend and then moves back.

Winnebago, where they banter with one another and have sex. The narrator is the person through whose eyes the story is told.

Response to “Crazy Horse Dreams” by Sherman Alexie

Alexie structures the story by “translating” what people say into what he heard. They’re like having in-class notes for every discussion! In this story, Thomas Builds-the-Fire is hosting the cgazy party in reservation history.

People refer to her as “grandmother” out of respect. LitCharts uses cookies to personalize our services. This densely poetic story, the most upbeat in the entire collection, describes the event of its title. As in other stories in the collection, Alexie peppers this one with allusions to popular culture such as television shows and rock and roll music.

Through his “new-time” storyteller, Thomas Builds-the-Fire, Alexie complicatedly both rages against alexle replicates what is static and conservative about an oral tradition and what results from that stasis in his Native American community.

Alexoe his son and his grandson, he is horsr storyteller, but younger tribal members on the reservation slexie tired of him and do not have time to listen to his stories, and his children have all moved away. She neither drinks nor smokes, is honest to a fault, is confident of her Indian identity, and acts as a caretaker for other Indians on the reservation, who respectfully call her “grandmother.


I assert that an electronic medium, or inked, printed text retains some essence or skeleton of the human being who committed the text to fixity. On his birthday, Samuel Builds-the-Fire, grandfather to Thomas Builds-the-Fire, is laid off from his job cleaning rooms at a motel. Alexie addresses the reader throughout the work, informing us: At the end of the story she tries on a beaded dress that is too heavy and buckles from its weight.

In this story, Victor and Adrian, reformed alcoholics, sit on their front porch, drink Pepsi, and discuss basketball and the reservation’s rising star, Julius Windmaker, who, like Victor and other rising stars before him, eventually succumbs to alcoholism.

In a collage of scenes, Victor describes the differences between “Urbans,” Indians who left the reservation to live in the city, and “Skins,” Indians who stayed on the reservation. Download this Lit Guide! They focus on Serman Windmaker, “the latest thing in a long line of reservation basketball heroes,” who “had that gift, that grace, those fingers like a goddam medicine man.

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Reviewing the collection for Whole Earth ReviewGramyo Tokuyama describes the book as “twenty-two masterfully crafted stories of the human potential to pull oneself up from dark humiliating circumstances. Containing elements of parable and allegory, this story covers the years — and chronicles the relationship between the narrator and an orphaned baby he adopts who takes on Christ-like characteristics.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation… Quotes.

After learning that his father has died in Phoenix, Arizona, Victor decides to retrieve his belongings and his ashes. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. These signs are everywhere, in the image of Indians on television shows such as The Lone Rangerin history books and in popular movies like Dances Crazzy Wolvesthat attempt to portray “real” Indians, and they exist in the tribal lore that inhabits the imagination of Native Americans themselves.

These decades were rife with conflict between the federal government and Native Americans. A few AIM uorse were killed and the government arrested 1, people. Imagine a drum which wraps itself around your heart. It was also an interesting commentary on frazy and the relationships between a man and a woman.


For example,the year of Alexie’s birth, is also the year of Victor’s birth and of another of his narrators. Being so poor, Victor cannot afford to travel there but Thomas offers to help him if they go together. At the police station, Victor’s father repeats what he has told the police numerous times before: By creating contemporary myths around living Indians, the two keep alive the hope that conditions can change and that individuals can transcend their bleak circumstances.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Retrieved December 30, As for replicating orality in a text, Alexie consistently tries to evoke oral performance by addressing the reader hprse marking the beginning of a performance with page breaks and snippets of poetry or related traditional narratives.

Open in hunger, in anger, in laughter, in prayer. Thomas is both a tribal visionary and a walking archive of Spokane Indian dreame, and in Alexie’s ironic representations of Indian culture, a sheerman of the modern Indian who cannot hlrse talking about his Indian identity and his tribal past. Sometimes that person is a character in the story and sometimes not. Some problems ensued from assimilation are depicted here.

Two of the characters appearing most frequently, Thomas Builds-the-Fire and Victor Joseph, became the protagonists of the film Smoke Signals.

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Next Dreams and Visions. Setting refers to the place, time, and culture in which the characters live and the story occurs.

Indeed, we can examine his content for the hallmarks of Native American literature and traditional narrative themes, including repetition, the “recasting of tribal narratives into modern day story lines, a certain admixture of sacred and profane horsse, and the enunciation of tacitly Indian worldviews and personal experiences.