They were the native inhabitants of Gopher Gulch, which was also home to a U.S. Cavalry Fort. The Fort was headed by Colonel Kit Coyote, a blustery Teddy Roosevelt-type. He was aided by Sergeant Okey Homa, a southerner who resembled John Wayne. The military-minded Colonel spent his time planning new ways to drive the gopher-Indians from their lands. The native gophers devised ingenious and successful ways to protect their territorial rights. Sandy Becker provided the voices of Ruffled Feather and Sergeant Okey Homa. George S. Irving was the voice of Running Board and Kenny Delmar spoke for Colonel Kit Coyote.
- The chief and the brave
- Tonto-style talk
- Unintelligible talk (marking the Indian as weird and exotic)
- Funny Indian names
- The teepee
- The Southwest desert landscape (at odds with the Plains trappings)
- The existence of only two gopher-Indians (implying they're close to vanishing)
These cartoons are obviously indebted to the Roadrunner cartoons of 20 years earlier. And to any number of pairings like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, Tom and Jerry, Tweety and Sylvester, etc. They're cute in their own stereotypical way.
But for people like me, this was one of our first exposures to Indians. No wonder I thought they were a vanishing breed who lived out in the desert somewhere.