The Native Americans faced combatting famine. However, after the

The indigenous Americans was first portrayed in film
back in the 1800s, in the late 1800s, a film by Thomas Edison, although he is
more well known as the inventor of light bulb, he was actually quite
influential in the motion picture industry. Edison’s films depicted the
assimilation of Native Americans and the integration of the lives of cowboys
and the indigenous peoples in the wild west. Although the prominence of Native
Americans in the cinematics industry did not come until the film “The Silent
Enemy” produced in 1920. It was shot during the pre-Great Depression period,
and it told the story of the struggles Native Americans faced combatting
famine. However, after the great depression period, Native Americans became
targets of racist depiction, the reason the victimized Native Americans was
that post-depression America needed an enemy and a hero to defeat the enemy. In
the 1960s, under the counter-culture movement influence, elements of hippie
were added in depiction of Native Americans. The 1990s was truly the era of
resurgence for the Native people, as the film “Dances with Wolves” accurately
portrayed Native Americans.

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Wounded Knee refers to the occupation of Wounded Knee,
South Dakota by Native American rights activists under the leadership of Oglala
Lakota Indians and the American Indian Movement. The objective was to call
attention to the United States government’s non-fulfillment and refusal of
recognition of the treaties it made with sovereign Indian Nations. The
situation escalated after the FBI surrounded the wounded knee site, both sides
exchanged fire and resulted in 2 deaths of Native American activists. Actor
Marlon Brando invited Sacheen Littlefeather to deliver a decline of acceptance
of Oscar award, Sacheen Littlefeather used her time on stage to call attention
to the siege of the Wounded Knee and the racist portrayal of Native Americans
in Hollywood. The Alcatraz refers to Native American occupation of the Alcatraz
island from 1969 to 1971, because of the denial of their rights guaranteed by
US treaties.

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The key problem of the film industry discussed by the
documentary is the over generalization of Native Americans, meaning Native
Americans were often considered to be the same “people”. Although many Native
American tribes do in fact share some cultural traditions, however, each tribe
is unique in its own way. The problematic portrayal is slowly and subtly
eroding the uniqueness of each individual tribes. Bead work is another way that
art form is grouping different culture into one stereotype. The art academia
often classifies it under Indian bead work while in reality, each tribe has its
own unique style.

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This is the textbook definition of cultural
appropriation. It occurs when members from the dominant culture uses elements
from the minority culture while completely ignoring the underlying colonial
aggression and the imbalance of power. It is not only extremely harmful to the
minority culture being appropriated, but also it is a violation of the
collective intellectual property rights of the minority culture. It reduced the
minority culture into exotic fashion by the dominate culture. Instead of the
continuation of this horrific practice, the camp needs to teach the kids the
horrendous treatment Native Americans went through under colonial rule and
instead of dressing up like Native Americans, the kids need to go through
cultural diversity training.