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Lone Ranger and Tonto Lesson Plans

Lone Ranger and Tonto Lesson Plans

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lesson plans on short story collection Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
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The themes in the book are redeeming tradition, storytelling, basketball as the new religion of the reservation,heroes, and family relationships.
He also reclaims the past by creating artificial traditions to take over the past ones. Car stealing replaces horsestealing as a way for a young Indian to gain honor. Alexie is making a statement that the past world was sacredand he knows that the modern deeds are so small in comparison. He explains the gap satirically. In one sense heis mourning the loss of meaningful traditions, but in another way, he is trying to redeem them too. He is telling astory, as storytelling is a way of reclaiming the past. Thomas is the storyteller in the book. He has the gift and isconnected to this tradition of orally recording history.
 public vs. private
re-telling stories
wish-fulfilling imagination registers the sense and extent of Indian loss
 break, disconnect, lack of continuity
This blurring of internal and external, wherein private nightmare is simultaneously public record
mobility (hope) and immobility (despair)
dance is drawing strength from the past, from tradition, from cultural roots
self-oppression: Or, like the diabetes Junior has inherited from his father, five hundred years of history haveceased working "like a criminal, breaking and entering;" instead, for Indians in the late 20th century, it works"just like a lover, hurting you from the inside" (221).
stories – cultural survival
serial behavior – father listening to Jimi Hendrix. like a broken record, or a skipping CD. no future. addictionto alcohol, tradition, repetition.
'does not so much conclude as simply terminate; typically it lacks closure, that summing up of the "meaning" of the chain of events with which it deals that we normally expect from the well-made story'. the formal character of the chronicle to a 'problem of authority'. Alexie’s 2 chronicle stories: Indian Education and Jesus Christs’Half-Brother 
storytelling to compensate for failure, loss
moments of beauty are separate and distinct from the story, from narrative, from history---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------redo a history book fill in a chart: what’s sad, funny, angry about a story
quiz on book: Describe the relationship between the man and the woman who meet in “Crazy Horse Dreams.”How is young Julius Windmaker similar to the narrator of “The Only Traffic Signal On the Reservation Doesn’tFlash Red Anymore.”---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------vocabularyauthentic: not counterfeit or copied, the “real deal” (38)vain: excessively proud of one’s appearance or accomplishments, futile (44)mitigating: moderating, alleviating (96)dire: Urgent; desperate, potentially disastrous (97)stoic: showing no emotion (154)succinct: concise and precise (158)eulogy: praising speech, especially for someone who has died (161)reconcile: To settle or resolve (161)aboriginal: Having existed in a region from the beginning (192)assimilate: To absorb into the dominant culture, to make similar (203)
 
inevitable: Impossible to avoid or prevent, predictable (213)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
history
generalforced treaties and land cessationsThe Battle of Little Bighorn, 1876led by Sitting BullCrazy Horse was a leader  pinnacle of Indian power, the worst US military defeatCuster’s last stand poverty statsfamilies in poverty, 1989US: 10% Native Americans: 27.2%Massacre at Wounded Knee, 1890US army attempting to arrest Sioux chief Big FootBig Foot and 300 Indians killed120 men, 230 women & childrenthe Indians had surrendered all their weaponsThe once proud Sioux found their free-roaming life destroyed, the buffalo gone, themselves confined to reservationsdependent on Indian Agents for their existence. In a desperate attempt to return to the days of their glory, manysought salvation in a new mysticism preached by a Paiute shaman called Wovoka. Emissaries from the Sioux inSouth Dakota traveled to Nevada to hear his words. Wovoka called himself the Messiah and prophesied that thedead would soon join the living in a world in which the Indians could live in the old waysurrounded by plentiful game. A tidal wave of new soil would cover the earth, bury the whites, and restore the prairie. To hasten the event, the Indians were to dance the Ghost Dance. Many dancers wore brightly colored shirtsemblazoned with images of eagles and buffaloes. These "Ghost Shirts" they believed would protect them from the bluecoats' bullets. During the fall of 1890, the Ghost Dance spread through the Sioux villages of the Dakotareservations, revitalizing the Indians and bringing fear to the whites. A desperate Indian Agent at Pine Ridge wiredhis superiors in Washington, "Indians are dancing in the snow and are wild and crazy....We need protection and weneed it now. The leaders should be arrested and confined at some military post until the matter is quieted, and thisshould be done now."Trail of Tears, 1838gold was discovered in Georgia, where the Cherokee were livingIn 1830 the Congress of the United States passed the "Indian Removal Act." burned their houses, forced to march 800 miles, which took over a year About 4000 out of 15,000 (more than 1 in four) Cherokee died as a result of the removal.Ironically, just as theCreeks killed Chief McIntosh for signing the Treaty of Indian Springs, the Cherokee killed Major Ridge, his son and Elias Boudinotfor signing the Treaty of New Echota. BIABIA was originally a part of the War DeptIndian agents became responsible for operating schools, dispensing justice, distributing supplies, administeringallotments, and leasing contracts. By 1900 the Indian agent had, in effect, become the tribal government.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
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Every Little Hurricane
1976, the bicentennial year.
Victor's father, for instance, remembers his father being spit on at a Spokane bus stop; his mother remembers being involuntarily sterilized by an Indian Health Service (IHS) doctor after Victor's birth; hisuncles Adolph and Arnold fight savagely because each reminds the other of childhood poverty so great thatthey hid crackers in their bedroom so they wouldn't have to go to bed hungry.
A Drug Called Tradition
 journal: If you could go back in time to alter one major historical event, what would it be and why?
Amusements
seeing the self from the other’s perspective. symbol of the mirror.
The Fun House
Much the same irresolution marks his relationship with the storytelling Thomas, whom he has bullied sincechildhood and whose stories he ignores, precisely because, for Victor, those stories register cultural loss.Crazy Horse Dreams p.38: authentic p.39: allusion to the past
 
 p.40: elevators, escalators, revolving doors. “forced movement”: Trail of TearsCrazy Horse is perfection. “powwow paradise” (40) – perfection.she was a city Indian (40-41)desire and disappointment p.42: televisiona Winnebago is a moving home! mobility. contrast to elevators, escalators, revolving doors. he’s afraid of movement, but she’s moved out of the reservation
 journal: Think of a time when you were either overwhelmingly surprised or severely disappointed. Describe theincident.The Only Traffic Light on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red AnymoreThemes: addiction, repetition, tradition p.49: racism p. 44, 50: beer/Pepsi. Substitute addictions. p.47: will they ever get off the reservation and play college ball? p.48: reservation hero stories. Imagination as compensation. Grass, river, wind: constancy – moving but nothing’schanging p.53: will Lucy get off the reservation? Or the same repetition? Cup revolving, sun rising and setting.Dictionary of symbolsWhat It Means to Say Phoenix, ArizonaVictor’s father died. He must retrieve body and bank account.Lots of flashbacks. Plot mapping exercise.62: Thomas’ repetition of same stories. Tradition.63: loss of culture65: why did Victor beat up Thomas?69: finding meaning in a random event70: full circle71: create magic in a dull world73: “same old shit” – nothing’s changed

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