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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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The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian

The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian

The Sexualized Maiden of the 1950s and 1960s

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Killing the Indian Maiden

M. Elise Marubbio

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the Sexualized Maiden during the 1950s and the 1960s. Four film quotes given in the introduction illustrate the diversity in the representations of the Sexualized Maiden character. Two of the basic components that informed the 1940s Sexualized Maiden figure, the femme fatale and the wanton squaw, are part of these stereotypes. One difference is that rather than adhering to the fairly cohesive set of characterizations of the figure's predecessor, the western and Indian films during this time highlight, alter, or eliminate aspects of the previous Sexualized Maiden.

Keywords:   Sexualized Maiden, 1950s, 1960s, 1940s, diversity, representations, basic components, stereotypes, femme fatale, wanton squaw

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