The American Indian film and popular culture analysis

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The American Indian film and popular culture analysis

E‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍thnic Studies 143
– American Indians, Film and popular Culture Regarded as a classic in Native American literature and published in 1974, Winter in the Blood is a novel by James Welch who integrates aspects of Blackfeet and Gros Ventre identity into the story. In writing the novel, Welch used a variety of storytelling strategies, one of which was to tell the story from the perspective of the main character. However, in doing so, the name of the protagonist is never reveal. Second, the structure of the novel is based on memories and thoughts as interconnected and overlapping stories.

However, at times, the memories and thoughts revealed by the protagonist appear to be disconnected. Basing on these factors, how the story reveals something about the protagonist’s state of the mind. Released in 2014, Winter in the Blood the film is based on Welch’s novel published three decades earlier. While the film follows certain aspects of the story, some parts or components are a change. For example, the main character in the film is Virgil Fir‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍st Raise rather than being a character whose name is never reveal. In addition to differences and similarities between the film and the book, as a reader, you form some of your own impressions and connections while reading the novel.

While we do see the world through the eyes of the main character in the film, the visual aspect of the film on some level are an extension of the story or reveal some interpretations. Write a paper comparing the book and the film: What is the story about? What is the purpose of the story? What are some important similarities? Also, what are some important dis-similarities? Why is it important to highlight the dis-similarities? Focus your analysis from the vantage point of the main character. In your discussion, draw conclusions about what we learn about Indians from the novel and the film.

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