Powwow Highway's many identity politics
As we have seen in so many films, the road more often than not has the power and does change people. In Powwow Highway, the road acts as a means for Buddy Red Bow and Philbert's identity politics more similar than they were when they were on the reservation. Buddy Red Bow is much more political and and is fighting for economic stability as well. Philbert is much more simple minded and lives by the way of his people. These friends have similar identity politics in that they are both Cheyenne but are very different in how they experience life and their culture. The road allows for change and growth. Traveling brings not only your body but your mind to new places. These friends act as challenges to each other, also allowing for new ideas and emotional and spiritual growth to happen. Identity politics are an important thing to examine because of the marginalization that comes with the loaded term. This already sets them apart from many experiences. Through this journey we see how their identity politics develop. The road is the means by which the development is allowed, when they leave their reservation, and take off.