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Native Americans on Network TV: Stereotypes, Myths, and the by Michael Ray FitzGerald

By Michael Ray FitzGerald

The American Indian has figured prominently in lots of movies and tv exhibits, portrayed variously as a villain, subservient buddy, or a hapless sufferer of growth. Many Indian stereotypes that have been derived from eu colonial discourse—some 1000s of years old—still exist within the media at the present time. even if set within the modern period, novels, movies, and courses are likely to purvey rehashed tropes akin to Pocahontas or guy Friday.

In Native americans on community television: Stereotypes, Myths, and the “Good Indian,” Michael Ray FitzGerald argues that the colonial energy of the U.S. is obviously obvious in community television’s portrayals of local americans. FitzGerald contends that those representations healthy well into present conceptions of colonial discourse and that their messages in regards to the “Good Indian” became a part of audience’ understandings of local americans. during this learn, FitzGerald deals shut examinations of such sequence as The Lone Ranger, Daniel Boone, Broken Arrow, Hawk, Nakia, and Walker, Texas Ranger.

By studying the conventional position of stereotypes and their capabilities within the rhetoric of colonialism, the amount eventually bargains a serious research of pictures of the “Good Indian”—minority figures that implement the dominant group’s norms. an extended late dialogue of this factor, Native american citizens on community TV can be of curiosity to students of tv and media stories, but additionally these of local American experiences, subaltern stories, and media history.

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