“Reel Injun”

There’s a documentary on Netflix right now called “Reel Injun” that explores how cinema has represented, or rather misrepresented, Native American peoples through the creation of the mythological “Injun.” The film juxtaposes the historical and current account of American Natives with that of Hollywood representation. I think this documentary is relevant in regards to a lot of things we’ve been studying in class; namely how groups of people are are categorized based on unquestioned and purposely created stereotypes. It’s also a pretty good case for how historical context can lead us to think more deeply about the “whys” of injustice.

Here’s the movie site, in case you don’t have the flix.

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