Here Are The 12 Finest Native American Movies You Can Watch Right Now:
The connection between Native Americans and movies has always been difficult, no matter what we think about it. After World War II, Hollywood’s racist portrayals of Native Americans as wild people who stood in the way of Manifest Destiny started to fade.
Broken Arrow opened the way for movies like Cheyenne Autumn that show respect for the country’s First People.
For a long time, Native Americans in movies were portrayed as stereotypes of the real cultures, or as people who didn’t know that there isn’t just one “Native American” culture, but 573 different ones with their own origin stories and languages.
Only a few movies have done a good job of showing our reality. Movies that show how complicated our relationship alongside settlers is and how strong we are
Some films have been more interested in how we are renewing our customs than in how we are staying alive. I hope I am able to provide you a short list of movies that tell a few of our stories within a way that is honest and doesn’t use cheap tricks.
Diego Ramírez Schrempp as well as Mauricio Leiva-Cock co-created the Colombian crime story “Frontera Verde,” which looks at the magical and natural parts of the Amazon jungle.
The main goal of the show is to solve a murder case, but it also explores Native American cultures and natural issues, touching on topics that are important to Native American stories.
The show does a great job of combining magical elements with native views, showing how the people and the jungle are all linked in a complicated web.
‘Frontera Verde’ quietly deals with and includes Native American themes into its story, giving it more depth and cultural flavor.
Little Big Man:
A different view of the Plains Indians can be seen through Jack Crabb, who changes from 17 to 121 years old in Arthur Penn’s movie version of Thomas Berger’s book. Crabb is a white child who is raised through Cheyennes as well as marries one, only to see her killed by Custer’s 7th Cavalry.
Custer hired him as a spy, and he saw the Cheyenne and Sioux get back at them at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. By telling the story from the point of view of a white prisoner, Little Big Man shows how racism can be flipped on its head.
Dances With Wolves:
Some people might say that Kevin Costner’s 1990 movie is old and out of date, but for a movie from that year, it was done very well.
Most of the movie is in Lakota, and Albert White Hat, a cousin of my brother-in-law, translated it. He was in charge of the Lakota Language Department at Sioux Gateway University in Rosebud, South Dakota, which is where I live.
This movie shows a lot of what it was like for the Lakota when they first met the white people. To fully understand the Lakota experience, it is important to know about the hard times and changes that happened during the early meeting period, as well as the issues that are still present today.
Lorena, Light-footed Woman:
The movie “Lorena, Light-footed Woman” is a deep Native American masterpiece because it shows native culture honestly and the main character, Lorena, is strong. The movie, which was directed through Isaac Artenstein, skillfully mixes traditional stories with modern ones, giving viewers a complex look at identity and history.
The best thing about the movie is that it really shows how rich Native American stories are and how complicated current Native life is. “Lorena, Light-footed Woman” shows how powerful indigenous storytelling can be in movies by telling an interesting story and showing a lot of culture.
Through a number of flashbacks, this “story of Indians without a single cowboy” shows the life of the main character, a Cheyenne fighter. Near the end, the Great Spirit wakes up the dead Windwalker so that he can start a spiritual trip to a happy future.
Except for the recorded commentary, the whole movie is spoken in the Cheyenne as well as Crow languages. Even though it didn’t get a lot of attention at first, Windwalker became famous through word of mouth and was praised for its thoughtful and positive portrayal of Native Americans.
This movie is about a young First Nations boy in Canada who becomes a professional hockey player. But it’s really about how he used hockey as a way to get away from boarding schools.
There were boarding schools, which were called Indian residential schools at the time. The movie might shock you if you don’t know about them and how they were made to take away Native Americans’ culture.
As a Native woman, it was hard to watch because I have heard many people talk quietly about those times and the pain they went through. The movie does make you feel things.
Charlie Soap’s film “Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher” tells the story of the amazing life of Chickasaw rancher and businessman Montford T. Johnson in a few short scenes.
The documentary follows Johnson’s life and shows how important he was in shaping Native American business and how his influence lives on in the Chickasaw Nation.
The film clearly shows Johnson’s strength and accomplishments through interviews and historical video, giving a glimpse into an important part of Native American history.
This loud road movie by Jonathan Wacks mixes the funny antics of the main character, Buddy Red Bow, with social comments upon Native American land rights. Since this changes the usual connection between the Cheyenne as well as greedy white people, it shows that Manifest Destiny is still very much alive.
The story isn’t always serious; there are funny jailbreaks, pot trades, and even “bromances.” Three Native American Film Festival Awards and the Sundance Filmmaker’s Trophy went to Powwow Highway as a movie.
The movie by Taylor Sheridan came out around the same time that Savanna Grey Wind went missing. This led to the creation of Savanna’s Act.
The movie is about a Native American woman who is killed as well as whose death is being looked into by a government agent. The agent quickly learns that too much red tape makes it impossible to solve many cases involving Native American women.
This movie is a great look into the movement as well as fear surrounding MMIW, which stands for Indigenous women who have been lost or killed. I really suggest you do it.
The Last Forest:
Luiz Bolognesi’s documentary “The Last Forest” takes viewers to the heart of the Amazon jungle with its beautiful images. This film takes you into the lives of the native Yanomami people and shows how they fight against risks like mining and cutting down trees.
The documentary shows how deeply connected the Yanomami people are to the land and how important it is to protect this important environment through stunning photography and personal stories.
A strong call to action, “The Last Forest” shows how hard it is for indigenous people to protect their culture and the environment as they face development and natural destruction.
Walter Hill’s movie is based on the events that led to the capture of the renowned Chiricahua Apache chief in 1886, but it also looks at problems Native Americans are having today with fitting in with society.
This underrated movie shows some soldiers showing affection and empathy for the Apache, while other movies show bad relationships between Native Americans as well as the US Army. Native American groups liked it because it shared the important issues that their people were facing with many people.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me:
Songs My Brothers Taught Me, which was written and produced through Chloé Zhao, shows how hard life is for Native American families on the reservation. The story is about two brothers who live upon Pine Ridge within South Dakota and their connections.
As a Native person living in a postwar world, survival is key. This picture shows the feelings and pains that many of us who live and work on tribes today go through.