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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

Consider other books written by American Indian authors, including Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, Custer Died for Your Sins: an Indian Manifesto by Vine Deloria, Jr., and The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich.

Consider others books by author Sherman Alexie, including Blasphemy and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.

It might be interesting to compare The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to other collections of short stories by writers of color, including Drown by Junot Diaz and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

The story "This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," was adapted by Alexie into the screenplay of the film Smoke Signals, which is excellent.

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