Native Americans back on the sceneJune 30th, 2013 by Uri
Happy 237th Birthday, USA!
The United States of America celebrated yesterday, but, as we all know, the land of the free and the home of the brave had some former residents who were mistreated and misrepresented. Although in the few last decades there were attempts to rectify this injustice, The Lone Ranger the newest cinematic incarnation of a Native American hero does look a bit on the campy side.
We, here at Jinni, thought it would be a good idea to reexamine some memorable Native American appearances on film and TV.
The quintessential Western also provided the template for portraying Native Americans as a faceless marauding horde whose sole purpose is to provide ample danger and excitement, as seen in this classic chase scene.
The culture clash between the Native Americans and English settlers is handled by Terrence Malick in a subtle and contemplative manner in his award winning historical melodrama which also features one of those regrettably rare good Colin Farrell roles.
Q: How do you make TV’s toughest tough law enforcer even tougher? A: You give him a wise Native American uncle and the ability to “converse with animals to a point and use his environment to find hidden people” (it’s true, I read it in Walkerpedia)
In this underrated film which marked the end of John Woo’s Hollywood career, Native American soldiers play an important part in a heroic mission during World War II, using a unique Navajo language based code.
Stop me if this sounds familiar: Johnny Depp stars in a film about a naïve man being mentored by an ill tempered Native American. Well, this film, by offbeat auteur Jim Jarmusch is a brilliantly bleak and surreal western.
Granted, it might look more like another attempt to cash in on the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – with the same star, director and writers teaming up to creat another humorous adventure, starring Johnny Depp being eccentric and choke-full of special effects, but somehow it doesn’t feel as tiresome as the other 3 (or was it17,865) other Jack Sparrow sequels. As for Native American represantion, let’s just call this one “Pirates of the great spirit”…
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