The 1950s Celluloid Princess
This chapter discusses the Celluloid Princess during the 1950s. She is now depicted as a beautiful young maiden who embraces the white hero and symbolizes the best of Indian culture and the possibility of assimilation into western European culture. Another similar character during this time is the Celluloid Indian Princess who aligns herself with a European American colonizer and dies for that choice. Unlike her earlier counterparts, the Celluloid Princess of the 1950s worked within the pro-Indian westerns as an index of liberalism, racial integration, and cultural pluralism.
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