The film, Reel Injun reveals a distortion of the way Hollywood sees Native American life through comedy and the real way Native Americans live which changes according to the current times. Neil Diamond sets out on a journey across America to figure out where the incorrect image of Natives arose from, all signs pointing towards Hollywood. Dozens of films recreate the way Americans believe Natives live as savages and wear costumes and decorated headpieces with feathers, but Hollywood does not show the true spiritual side and the meaning of why they live the way they do as true to their own culture and assimilated to the American culture as well. US history negatively affects Native American live which lead to the image of Natives to be clouded by imagination through film, changed the way Natives viewed themselves and expect to live, and misshaped the view we now have for Natives. Over the course of the film, clips of many western movies play which show parts of Native Americans shown as the enemies of the Americans.
Inspired by a photo essay in Life magazine, How the West Was Won was a massive undertaking to create. Encompassing the multiple eras of the American West from the settling of the Ohio country to the construction of the railroad, this film manages to ground its scope via the members of a single family. In addition, the Cinerama process allowed for the scale of the story to be displayed across multiple screens. The expense of the project came near $15,000,000 which is enormous considering many classical Westerns were considered b-pictures made cheaply and quickly. How the West Was Won was and still is an outlier within the history of cinema.
The Dawes Act, was introduced by Henry Dawes, a Senator from Massachusetts. Simply put, the Act broke up previous land settlements given to Native Americans in the form of reservations and separated them into smaller, separate parcels of land to live on. More importantly, the Act required Natives to live apart from their nations and assimilate into European culture. Dawes felt that the law, once fully realized, would save Native Americans from the alternative, which was their total slaughtering. However, the Dawes Act may in fact be the gold medal winner of all time when it comes to how often the best intentions result in the worst harm, since, ironically, it just about accomplished what Dawes claimed he was trying to avoid.
Petalesharo’s writing reflected the treatment of Native Americans during the 1800s. Being a Native American himself, Petalesharo was able to give perspective on a point in history typically viewed from a white man’s opinion. The excerpt “Petalesharo” explains how the Native American was able “to prevent young women captured by other tribes from being sacrificed”, making Petalesharo well liked by the Americans (588). Petalesharo gave the “Speech of the Pawnee Chief” infront of Americans to convey the differences between Native Americans and Americans through emotion, logic, and credibility, which showed how the two groups will never be the same, but still can coexist in the world together. Expectantly, Petalesharo discussed how the colonization
The Democrats disliked Grant because he pushed for fair elections as well as because he was for the 15th amendment morally as well as politically. Conservatives much preferred Hayes, who ended Reconstruction by recalling the last troops from South Carolina and Louisiana, and for the most part allowed the South to return to its prewar state (Document five,
When the Indians and the Europeans encountered one another, social and environmental changes spurred, in which the colonists, for the most part, benefitted, while the Indians suffered by being subjected to inferiority and death. The natives of North America got the short end of the peace pipe once colonists from Europe began to settle in their land. A common misconception today is that, the Indians were always territorial and non-welcoming, but they in fact wanted to live in harmony with the colonists. An early 18th century map created by the Catawba Indians represented "an Indian bid to incorporate the newcomers into a native nexus of diplomacy and trade in the hope that the colonists could learn how to coexist in a shared land." (Alan Taylor page 4) On the
crushed them, as well. The Nez Perce are well known for the assistance they gave Lewis and Clark in the form of Sacajawea. The Natives were not given thanks by the Americans, only brutality. The explorers returned to report bountiful resources in the north west and settlers began to flood into the Nez Perce territory. Attempting to retain their peace and independence, the tribe willingly gave up 3/4ths of their land to the United States.
If the actors or actresses are truly powerful like Chief Dan George in “The Outlaw Josey Wales”undoing a lot of the problems in a single role”(Diamond, 2010). Altering American perception of the Native American through movies been done before, this time attempting to undo the damage done. The power of storytelling has a greater effect when Native Americans produce the stories themselves. The movie industry seems more accessible enabling a greater chance to get there story told
Gladiator remains as an especially clear case of the mixture of hegemonic dream and its counter-drive in famous movies, particularly, the dualism of magnificent wistfulness and expectant cognizance that characterizes the epic film. In the contemporary period, in which worldwide social accounts are being changed from different bearings, the epic film can again be seen as a key type of typical
For instance: “breathing English air”, there is no boundaries in air, but he suggests how English air is better than air in any other foreign country. We can sense that he is proud and patriotic. However, Wilfred Owen’s tone is bitter, angry, critical and defiant. There is regret in his voice as he couldn’t have done anything to save his comrade. He dwells on the details of misery, horror and panic to try to impact those who tell the ‘old lie’ -Dulce et decorum est.
This behavior is completely normal for people living in the 1870’s. It has been ingrained in their brains since the time they were born. When Laura asks Ma why she does not like the Indians, Ma simply replies, “I just don’t like them…” (Wilder 46). Indians were widely known for their savagery. According to John G. Cawelti, Western genre analyst, “Indian[s] as [a] devil and as [a] noble savage quickly gave way… to a definition of the Indian way of life as an inferior and earlier stage in the development of civilization” (22).
Name: Ashutosh(Osh) Bhattarai Date: 8/30/15 Period: 5 Chapter and Title: Chapter 4 Red Eyes Questions: • Native Americans have been pretty much been misinformed in most of history • They are represented from the point of view of Europeans and barely think from their point of view • However the textbooks have been improving in the way they have been presenting their information on the Native Americans • Other authors of history textbooks are criticizing for using disrespectful words such as half-breeds and savages • Some authors how bias as they clearly favor the white Europeans as they are described as settlers and not
The idea of the American Anglo-Saxon race was influenced by the American Mexican war. That the Anglo-Saxons were superior to the Mexicans and that God had saved America for people of Saxon blood. Like previous chapter this chapter also delved into the mentality that other races were oppressed because of their own faults rather than the oppression of white people. White American could sleep better at night if the suffering of others was blamed on racial weaknesses rather than on the fact that whites were exploiting these people. In taking Mexican land the whites used the same excuse that they did when taking the land from Indians.
Native Americans had once dominated the land now called America, but eventually, their lives would be destroyed by European Colonization. In arrival/ settlement of Europeans, a drastic change for Native Americans occurred forcing them to submit to White settlers, choosing between assimilation into a White culture or preserving their heritage and ancestry. A number of negative results would occur including disease, loss of land, and loss right of self-governing, with no remorse to Native American culture. At this point in time five Indian tribes are recognized as civilized, those being; Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee-Cree, and Seminole Indians, because of their acceptance to the acculturation that George Washington had proposed. Presidents striving goal at this time was to guide our nation to an agricultural base structure, so that we may be independent as a nation.
The Indian Removal Act In the beginning, The United States recognized Indian tribes as separate nations of people entitled to their own lands that could only be obtained from them through treaties. Due to inexorable pressures of expansion, settlement, and commerce, however, treaties made with good intentions were often perceived as unsustainable within just a few years. The Indians felt betrayed and frequently reacted with violence when land promised to them forever was taken away. For the most part, however, they directed their energies toward maintaining their tribal identity while living in the new order. The United States under the leadership of President Andrew Jackson dealt with settling the Indians the most humane possible way, for