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. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

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)
Pages: 289
Bibliographic Info: 33 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
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