American Indian Image Makers of Hollywood

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About the Book

Images from movies and film have had a powerful hand in how Native Americans are perceived. In many cases, they have been represented as violent, uncivilized, and an impediment to progress and civilization. This book analyzes the representation of Native Americans in cinematic images from the 1890s to the present day, deconstructing key films in each decade. This book also addresses efforts by the Native American to improve and have a part in their filmic representations, including mini-biographies of important indigenous filmmakers and performers.

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About the Author(s)

Educator and writer Frank Javier Garcia Berumen lives in Los Angeles, California.

Bibliographic Details

Frank Javier Garcia Berumen
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7813-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3647-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  ix

Introduction  1

1. Native American History and the Genesis of Native American Images (1492–1880)  5

2. The Representation of Indigenous Women in U.S. Films  9

3. Celluloid Native American Film Images (1880–1919)  16

4. The Noble Savage and the White Man’s Enemy (1920–1929)  31

5. In the Way of Progress (1930–1939)  60

6. Native Americans as Part of the Nation’s Family (1940–1949)  95

7. New Images and Consciousness (1950–1959)  124

8. The Winds of Change (1960–1969)  156

9. The American Indian Movement and the Reel Invisibility (1970–1979)  171

10. Dashed Expectations (1980–1989)  197

11. A Quincentennial of Misappropriation (1990–1999)  205

12. Native Voices and Native Images (2000–2010)  237

13. The Return to Invisibility (2011–Present)  254

14. Looking Back and Looking Forward  260

Chapter Notes  261

Bibliography  269

Index  271