The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian

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:
The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian

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This chapter discusses the Sexualized Maiden during the 1950s and the 1960s. Four film quotes given in the introduction illustrate the diversity in the representations of the Sexualized Maiden character. Two of the basic components that informed the 1940s Sexualized Maiden figure, the femme fatale and the wanton squaw, are part of these stereotypes. One difference is that rather than adhering to the fairly cohesive set of characterizations of the figure's predecessor, the western and Indian films during this time highlight, alter, or eliminate aspects of the previous Sexualized Maiden.

Keywords: Sexualized Maiden; 1950s; 1960s; 1940s; diversity; representations; basic components; stereotypes; femme fatale; wanton squaw

Chapter.  12480 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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