The Film Little Big Man And Winter

1759 Words Dec 15th, 2016 8 Pages
Next Time I’d Do It Right
Much has been written on the representation of Native Americans in film. Even the most cursory of perusals will yield a veritable bonanza of essays, articles, books, and the like bemoaning and/or celebrating the various depictions of the Native American experience down through the ages. Film representations especially run the gamut between base stereotypes to naïve idealizations and (eventually) every permutation in between.
This is not all that surprising, given that film has been around for well over a century at this point and has (again, eventually) employed filmmakers from all walks of life. These filmmakers bring with them their own myriad of opinions and worldviews and their depictions of Indians are no doubt drawn from these. These depictions can be positive, like the wise and open-minded Kicking Bird in Dances with Wolves, or negative, like the unnamed lazy puppy-eaters of Battle at Elderbush Gulch. However, this essay shall analyze the films Little Big Man and Winter in the Blood to show that just because a given depiction is positive it does not necessarily mean said depiction does justice to those who are depicted. Both films, as well as the novels from which they were derived, are very different. Both movies open in roughly the same era: the mid-20th century. From there however Little Big Man immediately delves into the past to (in part) explore the trials and tribulations faced by the Indians of that time, whereas Winter in the…
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