Death, Gratitude, and the Squaw Man’s Wife

M. Elise Marubbio

in Killing the Indian Maiden

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124148
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134710 | DOI:
Death, Gratitude, and the Squaw Man’s Wife

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This chapter discusses the Celluloid Princess, who personified many of the early issues connected to the anxiety about the racial and cultural boundaries of Americanness. This character was able to interact with white society, and it is her violent death which reflected this anxiety and social turmoil that marked the early twentieth century. Thanks to the complex images and cultural attitudes that were woven into the character of the Celluloid Princess, it made her an important figure among the thousands of Indian images that were found in early Westerns and Indian films.

Keywords: Celluloid Princess; racial and cultural boundaries; Americanness; white society; social turmoil; cultural attitudes; Indian images

Chapter.  13944 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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