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Killing the Indian Maiden: Images of Native American Women in Film

M. Elise Marubbio


This book examines the fascinating and often disturbing portrayal of Native American women in film. Through discussion of thirty-four Hollywood films from the silent period to the present, the book examines the sacrificial role of what it terms the “Celluloid Maiden”—a young Native woman who allies herself with a white male hero and dies as a result of that choice. The book intertwines theories of colonization, gender, race, and film studies to ground the study in socio-historical context all in an attempt to define what it means to be an American. As the book charts the consistent depiction o ... More

Keywords: Native American women, Celluloid Maiden, colonization, gender, race, film studies, Celluloid Princess, Sexualized Maiden, iconography, American expansionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780813124148
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Elise Marubbio, author

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