Chapter

White-Painted Lady

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124148.003.0003
White-Painted Lady

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This chapter discusses the Celluloid Princess during the 1950s. She is now depicted as a beautiful young maiden who embraces the white hero and symbolizes the best of Indian culture and the possibility of assimilation into western European culture. Another similar character during this time is the Celluloid Indian Princess who aligns herself with a European American colonizer and dies for that choice. Unlike her earlier counterparts, the Celluloid Princess of the 1950s worked within the pro-Indian westerns as an index of liberalism, racial integration, and cultural pluralism.

Keywords: 1950s; Indian culture; assimilation; western European culture; Celluloid Indian Princess; pro-Indian westerns; liberalism; racial integration; cultural pluralism

Chapter.  9297 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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