Native Americans on Network TV

Native Americans on Network TV

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The American Indian has figured prominently in many films and television shows, portrayed variously as a villain, subservient friend, or a hapless victim of progress. Many Indian stereotypes that were derived from European colonial discoursea€”some hundreds of years olda€”still exist in the media today. Even when set in the contemporary era, novels, films, and programs tend to purvey rehashed tropes such as Pocahontas or man Friday. In Native Americans on Network TV: Stereotypes, Myths, and the a€œGood Indian, a€ Michael Ray FitzGerald argues that the colonial power of the U.S. is clearly evident in network televisiona€™s portrayals of Native Americans. FitzGerald contends that these representations fit neatly into existing conceptions of colonial discourse and that their messages about the a€œGood Indiana€ have become part of viewersa€™ understandings of Native Americans. In this study, FitzGerald offers close examinations of such series as The Lone Ranger, Daniel Boone, Broken Arrow, Hawk, Nakia, and Walker, Texas Ranger. By examining the traditional role of stereotypes and their functions in the rhetoric of colonialism, the volume ultimately offers a critical analysis of images of the a€œGood Indiana€a€”minority figures that enforce the dominant groupa€™s norms. A long overdue discussion of this issue, Native Americans on Network TV will be of interest to scholars of television and media studies, but also those of Native American studies, subaltern studies, and media history.Cheyenne Autumn, directed by John Ford (Ford-Smith Productions/Warner Bros. Pictures, 1964). Chirot, Daniel, and Clark McCauley. Why Not ... Fantasies of the Master Race: Literature, Cinema, and the Colonization of American Indians (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1998; originally published 1992). ... Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

Title:Native Americans on Network TV
Author:Michael Ray FitzGerald
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2013-12-24


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