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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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Ghosts and Vanishing Indian Women

Ghosts and Vanishing Indian Women

Death of the Celluloid Maiden in the 1990s

(p.197) Six Ghosts and Vanishing Indian Women
Killing the Indian Maiden

M. Elise Marubbio

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the arrival of the Celluloid Maiden in the 1990s, after a hiatus of seventeen years. The figure emerges in a diversity of roles, which include an avenging ghost, a political activist, and a mixed-blood Princess who crosses genres and national film boundaries, and consequentially reveals the complexity of the figure. It shows that the 1990s films used the Celluloid Maiden to promote a racially diverse narrative to a greater extent. The character is also able to reproduce the social ruptures of an era when past national mythic identities and the ideologies of the western become antithetical to the nation's racial and cultural diversity.

Keywords:   Celluloid Maiden, 1990s, racially diverse narrative, social ruptures, ideologies, western, racial, cultural, diversity

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