“When non-Native audiences see Native-Americans in Westerns, they often view them as part of the background, as if the actors are not really acting,” Hearne said. “Westerns rarely portray Native Americans as having families or children, presenting images of dying or ‘vanishing’ Indians instead of Native family continuity. This can have a negative impact on Native children who watch the films, because these popular images are hostile to Native families.”
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.
Below: A helpless Indian princess (Tiger Lily) waits for a white man (Peter Pan) to rescue her.