Tag Archives: Native American Death

Book Review: “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” by Sherman Alexie (1993)

Famed Native American author mixes dark humor and sadness in his treatments of loss and death

A while back, I reviewed the 1998 film Smoke Signals on the SevenPonds blog. This inspired me to read the collection of short stories on which the film was based. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Smoke Signals (1998)

Native American Chris Eyre's film takes a funny and poignant look at two kinds of loss

Unfortunately, it is rare to find films with all Native American casts and it’s especially rare to find one that has reached anything approaching a wide release. That’s why the 1998 indie film Smoke Signals (directed by Chris Eyre), based … Continue reading

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The Little Known Ritual of Endocannibalism

An ancient ritual that takes a surprising stance on accepting death

A topic typically reserved for anthropologists, endocannibalism is an ancient ritual that involves eating the flesh of a family member or friend who’s passed away. As opposed to eating human flesh for survival, endocannibalism is performed as a ritual and … Continue reading

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