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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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Emergence of the Celluloid Maiden

Emergence of the Celluloid Maiden

(p.1) Introduction Emergence of the Celluloid Maiden
Killing the Indian Maiden

M. Elise Marubbio

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the arrival of Native American women in mainstream media, specifically Hollywood movies. It looks at the current representation of these women in movies, and introduces a number of new character types that are based on them. Probably the most popular is the celluloid maiden, who is a young Native American woman who forms an alliance with a white colonizer and dies as a result of her choice.

Keywords:   Native American women, mainstream media, Hollywood movies, current representation, character types, celluloid maiden

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