Standing at the intersection of Native history, labor, and representation, Picturing Indians presents a vivid portrait of the complicated experiences of Native actors on the sets of midcentury Hollywood Westerns. This behind-the-scenes look at costuming, makeup, contract negotiations, and union disparities uncovers an all-too-familiar narrative of racism and further complicates filmmakers’ choices to follow mainstream representations of “Indianness.”
Liza Black is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and an Associate Professor of History and Native American and Indigenous Studies at Indiana University. She is currently writing How to Get Away with Murder: A Transnational History of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She tweets at https://twitter.com/_Liza_Black
"...a radical intervention that turns the tables on the simple vilification of the Hollywood Indian and the settler colonialist ideology imbued within the films."
Andre Seewood, American Indian Quarterly