If people create a Western in Italy or somewhere foreign, you could say they're just going through the motions. That their characters are fake movie cowboys, not real movie cowboys. It becomes a deep philosophical question on the nature of reality. Can a movie that doesn't involve America or Americans be a true Western?
The same applies to other genres. If I'm making a Japanese samurai movie but film it in America using an American cast and crew, can it be a genuine Japanese samurai movie? Or will it be only an imitation Japanese samurai movie?
About all these pseudo-savages do is attack and kill people. It's as if moviemakers think "primitive cultures" are akin to a bunch of mindless zombies.
Zombies and Nazis and Indians
Which reminds me of what I said in Ups and Downs of Hollywood Indians. Whether it's the nature of humanity, our culture, or moviemaking, we seem to need an evil enemy. In the real world (and in movies), it's Indians, blacks, immigrants, Nazis, Communists, or terrorists. In fiction, it's the Devil, ghosts and goblins, vampires and werewolves, Darth Vader, or the Joker.
This enemy is usually pure evil with no redeeming characteristics. We can squash him like a bug and feel good about it afterward. A couple hundred thousand civilians incinerated by A-bombs? No problem...they were evil!
Indians have filled this role in our cultural mythology. We tested ourselves, proved our manhood, by taming the wild frontier. In other words, by taming the wild Indian. We're great because we proved ourselves greater than the most cunning, vicious, murderous savages in existence. We demonstrated we were righteous, even godlike, by vanquishing those devilish creatures.
That's why I say Indians are implicitly a part of Westerns.
For more on the subject, see Racism in King Kong and The Best Indian Movies.
Below: The zombie-like culture of Skull Island in King Kong.