Invisible Natives: Myth and Identity in the American Western
Invisible Natives: Myth and Identity in the American Western
Invisible Natives: Myth and Identity in the American Western
Armando Jose Prats

Invisible Natives: Myth and Identity in the American Western

  • Publish Date: 2002-05-09
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Armando Jos Prats

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This incisive, provocative, and wide-ranging book casts a critical eye on the representation of Native Americans in the Western film since the genre's beginnings. Armando Jos Prats shows the ways in which film reflects cultural transformations in the course of America's historical encounter with the Indian. He also explores the relation between the myth of conquest and American history. Among the films he discusses at length are Northwest Passage, Stagecoach, The Searchers, Hombre, Hondo, Ulzana's Raid, The Last of the Mohicans, and Dances With Wolves.Throughout, Prats emphasizes the irony that the Western seems to be able to represent Native Americans only by rendering them absent. In addition, he points out that Native Americans who appear in Westerns are almost always male; Native women rarely figure into the plot, and are often portrayed by white women rendered Indian by narrative necessity. Invisible Natives offers an intriguing view of the possibilities and consequencesas well as the historical sources and cultural originsof the Western's strategies for evading the actual portrayal of Native Americans.


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