The Western film genre is quintessentially American, but where once cowboys and Indians were accepted as implacable enemies, more sympathetic treatment of Native Americans has emerged over time to replace the earlier stereotypes. We will begin by viewing Reel Injun
, a 2009 documentary that traces the portrayal of Native Americans from early Edison films to the twenty-first century. With that as our viewing lens, we will continue the course watching three more films that prominently feature Native Americans and their culture, selected from among those commercially available and spanning the history of film. Join us for films this winter in search of the “reel injun” that take us to the West for fact and fiction, drama and humor, discarded stereotypes and sympathetic visions.