Hollywood's Indian: The Portrayal of the Native American in Film / Edition 1

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Offering both in-depth analyses of specific films and overviews of the industry's output, Hollywood's Indian provides insightful characterizations of the depiction of the Native Americans in film. This updated edition includes a new chapter on Smoke Signals, the groundbreaking independent film written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre. Taken as a whole the essays explore the many ways in which these portrayals have made an impact on our collective cultural life.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Raises interesting issues and challenges readers to consider the complex realities of American Indian cultures and Indian/non-Indian relations that major motion pictures often fail to communicate." — American Graduate

"Important and groundbreaking work." — Bookman News

"Enables readers to construct a cinematic chronology of the Hollywood Indian and to comprehend the larger cultural forces at work interpreting the Indian-white past on screen." — Choice

"Rollins and O'Connor have skillfully blended a variety of thoughtful veiwpoints." — Chronicles of Oklahoma

"A collection of quality essays, put together by two of the leading experts in this particular topic area." — Communication Booknotes Quarterly

"Hollywood's representation of Indians is a subject which up till now has generated a lot more heat than light. This welcome new collection of essays covers a lot of ground... including a valuable piece on Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans and earlier versions of Cooper's 'Leatherstocking Tales,' a surprisingly and convincingly sympathetic essay on Dances with Wolves, and an informative account of Pocahontas." — Edward Buscombe

"Will become the standard source for reference for an important subject, not only in American contemporary popular culture, but for evolving attitudes in a new century." — Film and History

"The essays provide valuable ways to think about the meaning and impact of Hollywood's portrayal of American Indian characters." — Great Plains Quarterly

"Offers an engaging and timely update to previous critical anthologies." — H-Net Book Review

"An engaging and timely update to previous critical anthologies." — Journal of American Culture

"The value of this collection resides in the concentrated attention it gives to the portrayal of Native Americans on film." — Journal of American Ethnic History

"The essays are solid pieces that place the films in a proper historical and artistic context." — Journal of American History

"The essays add to the growing literature on films about American Indians, and individually, they provide interesting insights into the process of movie-making and viewing." — North Carolina Historical Review

"A welcome contribution to the lively and timely debate on the representation of ethnic minorities in the media." — Zeitscrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik

"An excellent set of essays on the subject." — Choice

Scholars associated with the journal point out that Indians in films belong to some very different tribes than any flesh- and-blood Native American, and identify the many discrepancies between historical and cultural reality and portrayals on the screen. They urge Native Americans not to believe the misrepresentation of them, and urge filmmakers to consider the Native American art of storytelling as an approach to the real history of the west. Paper edition unseen $24.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813190778
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 12/14/2003
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,340,681
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Study of Hollywood's Indian: Still on a Scholarly Frontier? 1
1 Absurd Reality II: Hollywood Goes to the Indians 12
2 The White Man's Indian: An Institutional Approach 27
3 The Indian of the North: Western Traditions and Finnish Indians 39
4 Trapped in the History of Film: The Vanishing American 58
5 The Representation of Conquest: John Ford and the Hollywood Indian 1939-1964 73
6 Cultural Confusion: Broken Arrow 91
7 The Hollywood Indian versus Native Americans: Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here 107
8 Native Americans in a Revisionist Western: Little Big Man 121
9 Driving the Red Road: Powwow Highway 137
10 "Going Indian": Dances With Wolves 153
11 Deconstructing an American Myth: The Last of the Mohicans 170
12 Playing Indian in the 1990s: Pocahontas and The Indian in the Cupboard 187
13 This Is What It Means to Say Smoke Signals: Native American Cultural Sovereignty 206
Bibliography. Western Films: The Context for Hollywood's Indian 229
Contributors 234
Index 239
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