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Two-Fox, Billy. Billy Two-Fox was created by Russell Hays and appeared in six stories in West and Short Stories from 1927 to 1935, beginning with “Billy Two-Fox’s Beaded Vest” (West, Dec. 24, 1927).
Billy Two-Fox, a Yakima Indian, does the salmon dance for tourists for three dollars an afternoon during the Wapato rodeo. He’s a peaceful sort who puts up with nightly beatings from his wife without a complaint, but he has his limits, and when pushed will become violent. He is portrayed in a racist way: he has a long nose, a “bullet head,” “beady eyes,” and a “fat padded frame,” and speaks in a stereotyped way: “By golly, him get my ictus.” His adventures are “humorous.”
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