There are several mainstream movies that endorse an anthropologic agenda which serves to challenge indigenous people's legitimate claim as the original humans and first inhabitants of their homelands. One of the most obvious is "Apocalypto" (2007). I do not screen the film in my class. Instead, my students watch a movie with the exact same assumption: "Rapa Nui" (1994), a story about the self-destruction of Easter Island. Despite the advanced 1,000-year-old Easter Islander civilization, we are convinced that the fate of Easter Island was no different than the storyline of the 1954 book, "Lord of the Flies."
When we indigenous people view movies like "Indiana Jones," we should be offended by the core assumptions presented. What is the core assumption of "Indiana Jones"? That mainstream Americans would rather believe in the existence of aliens than the possibility that ancient indigenous people had intellect. Simply put, in the minds of mainstream Americans it is more likely that extraterrestrial beings from far-away planets "taught" indigenous people to think and build than it is that indigenous people were able to think and build for themselves.