Native Americans on Film

Native Americans on Film

Douglas J King
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Native Americans on Film is an indispensable resource for both history buffs and movie fans, providing an in-depth look at real Native Americans and the Hollywood films about them. Native Americans on Film covers ten of the most important films that depict American Indians on the silver screen. The book opens with an introduction followed by ten chapters, each focusing on an individual movie like Geronimo: An American Legend, Dances with Wolves, Little Big Man, and The Revenant. Presented in chronological order, the films are discussed in historical context, making it easy for readers to understand the choices made by filmmakers and the reception of the films. Additionally, this volume provides an overview of Native American history and culture. To that end, each film is discussed in the context of real life events. Ideal for high school and college readers, the book also examines the role of the films in the social construction of images of Native Americans and how these movies shaped popular perceptions. Provides a window into the history of Native Americans by assessing how films about them portrayed people, events, and issues of the eraShows how movies can teach us about a given era' s history and make that history more engaging through the dramatic arts process and storytellingProvides a new perspective on Native American life, and that perspective comes through the lens of the movie cameraSuggests areas of further exploration for students of popular culture
Douglas King, PhD, is associate professor of English at Gannon, teaching courses on Shakespeare, film, and drama.