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.


Naturally Native - 1998
Native American women working on a business plan for makeup run into bigots.

Navajo Blues - 1996
I've got mixed feelings about this. You've got a Vegas cop who is sent into witness protection in Navajo country. He meets up with 2 sisters - one is a cop, the other is documenting the life of the natives. He gets drawn into a crazy-man serial murderer and has to handle that as well as dodge the Vegas bad guys who want to do him in. There are many great scenes of Navajo artisans - and then very hokey acting and the crazy man's insanity. The music is very rock-pop and seems quite inappropriate in many places. So it's very much a balancing act here, to appreciate the bits of culture and ignore the rest.

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