posted on Nov, 13 2009 @ 02:47 AM
reply to post by badgerprints
Of course "evil" applies here to film (mis)representation, and not to people in reality.
Since the 1990s there has been a change in Western films and series to show more "accurate' and sympathetic portrayals of Native Americans: that is,
SOME Native Americans (paticularly the Lakota and Apaches).
In the 1950s the "wagon burning" Indian was very much one element of the untamed, threatening landscape, which had to be subdued and conquered. The
dismal treatment of the Lakota is now very much a major theme. (Most lately in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee", and even going into modern problems,
such as "Thunderheart"). It is very much the white establishment that is "evil" in these films (and the Indians who side with them). In "Dances
with Wolves" the Pawnee sadistically kill an old man and his donkey. They also murder a family of settlers without justification, and end up tracking
the "angelic" Lakota with the cavelry in the closing scenes. In "Into the West" a Lakota village is shown as having been massacred by the Crow,
and a main female character has her husband murdered by them. Despite this, some history books claim the Lakota were themselves invading the plains
from Eastern forests, and conquering the local tribes. The Indian/white conflict does seem over-simplified, since "pan-Indianism" between various
nations only develpoed in the 20th century. Just like Cortez and Pizarro did in Latin America, it seems that whites exploited whatever conflict
existed in a divide and rule strategy.
Although these stereotypes are just plot conventions, I wonder how modern Crow and Pawnee feel about this. Will we ever see a film that shows the Crow
side of the coin?
Or maybe these issues can be ignored since the films at least give a general exposure to the victimization of Native Americans?