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Characterization of the Reservation Visual Presentation By David Brandt Jack Bressor


Characterization of the REZ 1. Pg.21 “I fell down, . One of the brothers picked me up, dusted me off, and then kneed me in the balls. I fell down again, holding my tender crotch and tried not to scream. The Andruss brothers laughed and walked away. Oh, by the way, did I mention that the Andruss triplets are thirty years old?” 2. Pg. 39 “’I really thought she was going to be a writer,’ Mr. P said, ‘She kept writing in her book. And she kept working up the courage to show it to somebody. And then she just stopped.’” 3. Pg. 10 “I was too young to deal blackjack at the casino, there were only about fifteen grass lawns on the reservation (and none of their owner outsourced the mowing jobs), and the only paper route was owned by a tribal elder named Wally. And he had to deliver only fifty papers, so his job was more like a hobby.” 4. Pg. 58 “’Okay,’ I said to myself, ‘here I go,’ I walked into the school, made my way to the front office, and told them who I was. ‘Oh, you’re the on from the reservation,’ the secretary said. I couldn’t tell if she thought that was a good or a bad thing.” 5. Pg. 65 “’ Hey, Chief,’ Roger said, ‘You want to hear a joke?’ ‘Sure,’I said. ‘Did you know that Indians are living proof that niggers fuck buffalo?’


Professional Paragraph about the REZ Junior never really talked about the REZ in a good way, mostly about the vast poverty, drunken civilians, and violent attitudes. Junior often thinks of the rez as a trap, or a violent “black hole� of anger. He also thoroughly described the rules of when to get in a fist fight on the REZ (which happens very often). Mr. P also told Junior that he needed to get off the REZ to do anything significant with his life. Really the only thing slightly positive said about the REZ was the POWWOW, asides from that the REZ is described as being an awful place.


This Norman Rockwell painting relates to the book in more ways than one. One way that it relates to it is in the sense that it is a colored person walking among white people. It also relates to Junior because Junior was not only excluded by the white people when he started at Reardan, but was also excluded for the first fourteen years of his life on the rez. In total, this picture represents a figurative and literal relation to the book.


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