Critical Perspectives on Hollywood’s Indians
Native Apparitions offers a critical intervention and response to Hollywood’s representations of Native peoples in film, from historical works by director John Ford to more contemporary works, such as Apocalypto and Avatar. But more than a critique of stereotypes, this book is a timely call for scholarly activism engaged in Indigenous media sovereignty. The collection clusters around three approaches: retrospective analysis, individual film analysis, and Native- and industry-centered testimonials and interviews, which highlight indigenous knowledge and cultural context, thus offering a complex and multilayered dialogic and polyphonic response to Hollywood’s representations.
Using an American Indian studies framework, Native Apparitions deftly illustrates the connection between Hollywood’s representations of Native peoples and broader sociopolitical and historical contexts connected to colonialism, racism, and the Western worldview. Most importantly, it shows the impact of racializing stereotypes on Native peoples, and the resilience of Native peoples in resisting, transcending, and reframing Hollywood’s Indian tropes.
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
M. Elise Marubbio
Myrton Running Wolf
Richard M. Wheelock
"A welcome and important addition to film studies and Indigenous studies, this timely and valuable collection brings together 11 original essays on American Indians and film to offer fresh assessments of representation, media, and indigeneity.”—Choice
"This text tirelessly brings Hollywood to account for its racism and sexism by accurately crediting American Indian studies as a discipline for pioneering the focus on accountability. The role of media in our contemporary world is becoming ever more pervasive. This work takes seriously the responsibility to question how we as Indigenous individuals are depicted. It stands up to the stereotyping monster: film."—NAIS