The Western is a beloved part of American culture and history. Western films are filled with nostalgia for the way the world once was: simple, full of possibilities. But look closer and they open a window into the mistreatment of Native Americans; both in the stories themselves and in the evolving way Native Americans are portrayed in film. The revisionist style storytelling of the Western tells audiences a lot about the trials Native Americans face in modern times, despite the historical setting of these films.
"Native Americans and the Western: A History of Oppression,"
Global Tides: Vol. 13
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/globaltides/vol13/iss1/4