"Gilligan's Island": Water, Water Everywhere (TV Episode 1965)
Episode aired 2 January 1965
Episode #14, “Water, Water Everywhere”
Mrs. Howell wears a headband with a feather in it. Her dress looks vaguely native American, but she has accessorized it with a broach and pearls.
I can't understand it, Thurston. All that nonsense about a divining rod to bring water.
MR HOWELL (O.S.)
Yes, I know. Totally unscientific.
Are you ready?
Mr. Howell enters dressed in a Cherokee ceremonial headdress.
Yes, any time you are, my dear. One, two, three.
The Howells perform a "rain dance."
Mr. Howell and Mrs. Howell look to the sky.
Mr. Howell looks at his dry palm and then back up at the sky.
MR HOWELL (cont'd)
You're not listening.
I don't understand it. It worked last year in Yellowstone Park for the Cherokees.
Comment: I don't remember the line about the Cherokees. The show may have eliminated it during filming.
The fact that it's in the script makes the stereotyping worse. Clearly the writers didn't know the difference between Plains and Cherokee Indians, or anything.