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Sherman Alexie

Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian born and raised in the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. His father held various jobs, including truck driver and logger and his mother was a social worker. Alexie was born hydrocephalic and underwent a brain operation at the age of 6 months, but was not expected to survive. When he did ... See full bio »

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 2013 Jimmy P. (verses from poem "Tribal Ceremony")
 2003 49? (Documentary short) (writer)
 2002 The Business of Fancydancing (written by)
 1998 Smoke Signals (book "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven") / (screenplay)
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 2017 United by Water (Documentary) (executive producer) (completed)
 2013 Winter in the Blood (associate producer)
 2006 Gesture Down/I Don't Sing (Short) (producer)
 1998 Smoke Signals (co-producer)
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 2006 Wanderlust (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "John Wayne's Teeth")
 1998 Smoke Signals (lyrics: "Treaties" (1995), "John Wayne's Teeth", "Reservation Blues" (1995), "Father and Farther" (1995), "A Million Miles Away")
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 2017 United by Water (Documentary) (completed) (voice)
 2007-2017 Tavis Smiley (TV Series)
- Episode dated 13 June 2017 (2017) ... Himself
- Episode dated 27 April 2007 (2007) ... Himself
 2016 The Daily Show (TV Series)
- Sherman Alexie (2016) ... Himself
 2014 Página 2 (TV Series)
- Episode #7.22 (2014) ... Himself
 2013 Moyers & Company (TV Series)
- Living Outside Tribal Lines (2013) ... Himself
 2009 Sonicsgate (Documentary)
Himself - Writer
 2008 The Colbert Report (TV Series)
- Sherman Alexie (2008) ... Himself
 2007 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (TV Series)
- Episode #4.138 (2007) ... Himself
 2001 One World (Documentary)

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Other Works:

Novel: "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" See more »

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1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

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6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Personal Quote:

[when asked if he thought that his portraying Indians as likely to have alcohol problems in his book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian played into stereotypes about Indians] Stereotypes? It's not a stereotype. Stereotype implies that it's not real, and it's absolutely real. On my reservation, in my family, alcoholism was epidemic. When you're talking about aunts, uncles, cousins; ... See more »


Won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for his first young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. See more »

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