Episode
July 16, 2013

Hollywood's Native American narrative

How do Native American stereotypes affect attitudes towards indigenous communities?
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Johnny Depp plays the Native American character Tonto in Disney's 'The Lone Ranger'. ( Photo via The Lone Ranger Facebook page)

How much do Native American stereotypes in film impact attitudes towards indigenous communities? Some critics feel recent Hollywood portrayals continue to perpetuate negative and racist imagery. To what degree are stereotypes holding back progress for Native Americans? 

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to: 

Jason Asenap @asenap
Independent filmmaker

Theodore Van Alst @TVAyyyy
Yale Native American Cultural Center
 
Chaske Spencer @THEREALCHASKE
Actor and activist
 
Waha Thuweeka (William "Two-Raven" Voelker)
Film advisor to "The Lone Ranger"

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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