The two sisters were with the band in their trip to New York City for a record deal and they probably used them to gain the attention of the music producers due to their beautiful looks, especially Checkers. It should also be noted that, Chess became the girlfriend of Thomas in the Reservation Blues and she later played a more active role in the group by playing as a lead singer. The two sisters were also good on the keyboard and they helped the group in playing this instrument.
Chess tried to motivate Thomas on the growth of the band as she reminded Thomas of his real aim of forming the rock band, which was ultimately to become famous. Chess was more like a motivating factor as she tried all that was within her power to spur the band to success. The group was yearning for success and this was evident in one of Thomas’ statement when he said that he heard voices. He said that he wants strangers to appreciate him and become popular, even amongst people that were not of the same race as him. Thomas’ statement shows that, he
Being the only female Indian members in the group, Chess and Checkers were used as instruments to attract men and make people appreciate their band the more and this was evident from this statement, “Both would attract men, I think. Sort of that exotic animalistic thing.” (Alexie 190). This shows the relevance of Chess and Checkers to the group as they were used to attract the attention of men to their group.
An impact that is worthy of commendation that Chess and Checkers had in the Reservation Blues was that, they helped the rock band to deal with the stereotype problems they were faced with. Being an all-Indian group, the Coyote Springs faced the problems of being accepted by people due to their Native American race, it was Chess and Checkers that spoke against the stereotypes that affected the group. The sisters