Native Americans in the Movie "Dead Man's Walk" Film Review by scribbler

Native Americans in the Movie "Dead Man's Walk"
An analysis of the portrayal of the Native Americans in the movie, "Dead Man's Walk", directed by Yves Simoneau.
# 153057 | 1,340 words | 0 sources | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Native-American Studies (General)

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The paper describes the movie "Dead Man's Walk" that follows two Rangers on their trek through Texas and New Mexico where they are very nearly wiped out by Comanches, starvation, and dehydration, and they are taken prisoner by the Mexican army. The paper focuses on the portrayal of Native Americans and highlights the stereotypical, noble savage view of Native Americans that, in this author's opinion, is surprising in a movie from 1996. The paper shows how the Native Americans are reduced to mere caricatures of Indians in the movies and are never really humanized or made into real characters. The paper also points out that even in supposedly honest trade, the Native Americans are portrayed as having no scruples and no honor.

From the Paper:

"In "Dead Man's Walk", the Native Americans, specifically Buffalo Hump and his Comanche warriors, are the clear enemies of the Texas Rangers and are on the war path against all whites in the Texas and New Mexico borderlands. The very first scene of the movie seems to promise us the stereotypical, noble savage view of Native Americans. The movie opens with an old Native American woman making a prediction in her native language to a young Buffalo Hump, a scene which immediately dissolves into the adult warrior in war paint riding a buffalo majestically across the plains. The old woman weaves the story in a camp of teepees while sitting next to an outdoor fire, and the child is rapt with attention. The old woman warns the young brave to beware of the dark woman on the white mare - this will foretell the end of the Comanche people, she warns. The very next scenes show off the Native American warrior in all his magnificence, looking meaningfully across a valley while poised on a cliff and leading other warriors on a charge through a stream. They are powerful, poised and noble."

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