Aboriginal Peoples - Part II:
Hollywood Portrayals

Films suggested by individual Friends as belonging to the category of Aboriginal Peoples: Hollywood portrayals and outsiders' images of Native Peoples of North America and Indigenous Peoples around the world. Listings here connote categorization, and not necessarily recommendation.

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Last updated: November 20, 1997
* Dances with Wolves
USA, 1990, Drama, D: Kevin Costner; Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene (II), 183 m
Posted to Dakota Territory during the US Civil War, Lt. John Dunbar discovers an Indian tribe and turns to Native ways.

* Gods Must be Crazy, The
South Africa, 1980, Comedy, D: Jamie Uys; Stars: Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Nx!au, 109 m
A Bushman in the Kalahari Desert finds a Coke bottle after it falls from the sky. When chaos breaks out over its intended use, he decides to return it to the Gods, from whence it came.
Review by Daniel Leary, a student in Media Studies at Radford University, Radford, Virginia, USA, explaining both the stereotyping and the humour in Gods.
* Little Big Man
USA, 1970, Drama, D: Arthur Penn; Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, 147 m
In his hundredth year, George Crabb recalls his days as a scout for General George Custer before the Battle of Little Big Horn.

* Walkabout
Australia, 1971, Drama, D: Jenny Agutter, Lucien John, David Gulpilil, 100 m
Two British schoolchildren, stranded in the Outback, join an Aboriginal man on his Walkabout, a ritual banishment from the tribe.

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