Othering and the American Indian: The Evolution of Native Americans in Film

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Nancy Dennehy , Arcadia University
Based on analysis of films produced since the 1930s, I discuss stereotypes presented during each era of American history.  These stereotypes include bloodthirsty savage, heroic stoic, and loyal sidekick, among others.  Various Hollywood tropes set Native Americans apart as “other” (that is, as deviants from a Euro-American norm).