Co-starring a long list of Comanche actors, filmmakers, consultants, critics, and subjects, Cinematic Comanches moves through the politics of tribal representation and history to highlight the production of Comanchería cinema. From early silent films and 1950s Westerns to Disney’s The Lone Ranger and the story of how Comanches captured its controversial Comanche lead Johnny Depp, Tahmahkera argues that Comanche nationhood can be strengthened through cinema. Tahmahkera’s extensive research includes interviews with elder LaDonna Harris, who adopted Depp during filming in one of the most contested films in recent Indigenous cinematic history. In the fragmented popular narrative of the rise and fall of Comanches, Cinematic Comanches calls for considering mediated contributions to the cultural resurgence of Comanches today.
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List of Illustrations Series Editors’ Introduction Preface: Maruawe in Medias Res Acknowledgments Introduction: The Comanche Empire Strikes Back 1. Jurisdiction: Reclaiming Comanchería Cinema 2. Kinship: A Captivity Narrative 3. Performance: Seeking Representational Justice 4. Audience: Comanches Viewing Comanches Afterword: Subeetu Notes Bibliography Filmography Index