March 01, 2007

Must-see TV

American Indians Struggle to Break Into HollywoodFrom "The New World" to "Dances with Wolves," American Indians are most often portrayed in movies and TV as barbaric and uncivilized.

"The image and perception of American Indians in the world and U.S. has been destroyed. We're looked upon as savage warriors," Mark Reed, chairman of American Indians in Film & TV, said.

It's an image American Indians are working hard to correct.

"We are doctors and lawyers and garbage collectors and everything else that exists in America. But what's missing in TV is the fact that we're not represented whatsoever. Unless we're in loincloth and feathers and riding a horse," Sonny Skyhawk, the founder of American Indians in Film & TV, said.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
What's left out here is -- WRITERS!! writerfella is a TV writer who operated in that arena in the 1970s and the 1980s. What he encountered was racial discrimination of the first water. Still, he stayed in the mix and even won one Emmy Award for his efforts. In that time, writerfella did all that he could to eliminate stereotypes and to establish that Native Americans can be a part of contemporary filmic stories simply because they are there. That time is over, but he at least tried...
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Russ Bates