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Killing the Indian MaidenImages of Native American Women in Film$
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M. Elise Marubbio

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124148

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124148.001.0001

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Death, Gratitude, and the Squaw Man’s Wife

Death, Gratitude, and the Squaw Man’s Wife

The Celluloid Princess from 1908 to 1931

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Killing the Indian Maiden

M. Elise Marubbio

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the Celluloid Princess, who personified many of the early issues connected to the anxiety about the racial and cultural boundaries of Americanness. This character was able to interact with white society, and it is her violent death which reflected this anxiety and social turmoil that marked the early twentieth century. Thanks to the complex images and cultural attitudes that were woven into the character of the Celluloid Princess, it made her an important figure among the thousands of Indian images that were found in early Westerns and Indian films.

Keywords:   Celluloid Princess, racial and cultural boundaries, Americanness, white society, social turmoil, cultural attitudes, Indian images

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