Movie Indians = the "other"
No One Ever Sees Indians: A Reflection on Native Cinema
Since the beginning of the medium, Native Americans have been portrayed in films. Native American dancers were among the first and common feature in the first coin-operated cine-scope viewers of the late 1800's.
Yet, it was the image of the regalia outfitted Indians, clad in beads and feathers and buckskin, prominent in that time that has endured the longest. Assimilation and Termination policies very nearly rendered Native American people into a “vanishing race” and film companies never hesitated in promoting Natives as such.