Russell Means is an outspoken activist for Native American rights in real life, and I was afraid this episode would wind up wallowing in political activism. But the moment that made this episode meaningful for me was during the campfire scene when Dylan explains why he believes that both archaeological study and the preservation of his Indian culture are important. Means' reply is that a compromise is definitely in need.
The one thing about this episode that seemed unclear to me was Dylan's frequent visions of Andrew, the Angel of Death. I expected him to be the one who gets killed. But instead its the grandfather.
The joint Jewish-Navajo funeral for the grandfather was a clever ending.