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Document Type

Humanities

Abstract

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.

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