What does the road mean in "Powwow Highway"?
For the other films we have watched, namely "Easy Rider", the road signifies freedom. This is not so different in "Powwow Highway" though I feel there is more to it than simply freedom. The road means something different to both main characters in the film. To Buddy, it is initially simply the means to an end. He wants to get to his sister and get her out of jail. In the end he learns a new respect for Philbert who he had not given validation to at all during their trip. Philbert on the other hand found a spiritual journey inside the road. Every place he stopped had a specific and profound meaning to him and his culture. Philbert was also seeking a sense of freedom but I felt this more in his purchasing of a vehicle than in the road itself.