Category Archives: Native Americans in Film

Native Americans in Film Today

Native Americans in Film Today

Since the early days of cinema, Native American actors have been given only a very specific spot in the limelight, often portrayed half-heartedly or as extras for a battle scene. Throughout the 30s and 40s and into the present day, Native Americans have advocated for their accurate portrayal. Here we contextualize the Native American actor… Continue Reading

How “Stagecoach” Shaped Western Film

How “Stagecoach” Shaped Western Film

Very few directors were able to take the genre of Western film in a new direction at the beginning of its popularity. Up until the late 1930s, Western movies had a clichéd texture to them, which was often enshrined in the simple ideals of a predictable and campy storyline. But in 1939, John Ford released… Continue Reading

“Broken Arrow” and the Native American Portrayal

“Broken Arrow” and the Native American Portrayal

Back in 1950, 20th Century Fox released a movie called Broken Arrow that was considered to be groundbreaking by many of those who saw it. While it was most definitely not the first Hollywood movie to feature a story involving Native people, Broken Arrow was one of the first films to offer a sympathetic portrayal… Continue Reading