Native American Movies

Native Americans, also known as American Indians, have often been the "bad guys" in movies. The good cowboys go out and slaughter the bad Indians. Alternately, in movies that feature a Native American character, that character is often either a stereotypical "silent tracker" type or a heavy drinker who needs help. It's only a few movies that portray a more balanced look at the intricate life of the Native American.


The Fast Runner - 2001
This Inuit story pits a strong warrior against a powerful spirit.

Five Savage Men - 1971
A white schoolteacher is raped by 5 men when her stagecoach is attacked. An Apache warrior comes in to save her and nurses her back to health. He tries several times to return her to other whites, but she stays with him. Finally he trains her how to shoot and she tracks down and kills the rapists. Unfortunately, she goes mad, the sheriff shows up and shoots the Apache as a heathen. The Apache (and his few friends that you see briefly) are both very stereotyped and usually shown in western style clothing.

Fort Apache - 1948
Henry Fonda is an arrogant colonel who butts head with a more experienced soldier (John Wayne) and decides to take on Apache Chief Cochise. Compared with earlier movies which had Indians as "all bad", this one talks about how the Indians were mistreated by the whites.

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