Sherman Alexie on Indian Stereotypes

December 30, 2001

Native American writer Sherman Alexie reads an excerpt from a story called “South by Southwest,” and talks with Steve Paulson about his stories, the film “Smoke Signals,” and being Indian in America.  Alexie’s latest collection of stories is “The Toughest Indian in the World.”



I enjoyed the Sherman Alexie interview--he's very witty and insightful. But I thought near the end he was incredibly narrow minded when he stated that anyone who turns to another culture does so out of self-hatred. What's wrong with looking at other cultures and adopting the best of those cultures? I can borrow an aspect of Buddhism--say, its insights on mindfulness--and, without becoming a full-fledged Buddhist, incorporate it into my life without rejecting or hating all of my American culture.