Bridge from Smoke Signals

Downtown Spokane American Indian Highlights

Bridge from Smoke Signals

Spokane, Washington 99201, United States

Created By: Kauffman & Associates

Point of Interest Details

This is the bridge from the final scene in the movie "Smoke Signals," where Victor throws his father's ashes over the railing.

The scene features the poem "How Do We Forgive Our Fathers?" by Dick Lourie

How do we forgive our Fathers?
Maybe in a dream
Do we forgive our Fathers for leaving us too often or forever
when we were little?

Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage
or making us nervous
because there never seemed to be any rage there at all.

Do we forgive our Fathers for marrying or not marrying our Mothers?
For Divorcing or not divorcing our Mothers?

And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness?
Shall we forgive them for pushing or leaning
for shutting doors
for speaking through walls
or never speaking
or never being silent?

Do we forgive our Fathers in our age or in theirs
or their deaths
saying it to them or not saying it?

If we forgive our Fathers what is left?

Continue across the bridge and walk up the hill, turning right and heading toward Post Street. Cross the street and turn left. Walk south to the courtyard by Spokane City Hall. Walk through the courtyard and proceed down to the next sight.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Downtown Spokane American Indian Highlights


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