In this article two authors who actively promote a historical and indigenous perspective in their teaching and scholarship call for the inclusion of the authentic voices and perspectives of Native Americans in the discourse of Indians, cowboys, and Western movies. One author, a Mississippi Choctaw, shares her perspectives on these movies and the stereotypes they perpetuate. She decries the limited worldview of mainstream Americans who grow up on the “reel,” never encountering any “real” Native Americans. While these authors commend the efforts made in recent scholarship and conference presentations, they still call for the active inclusion of the muted voices and unmediated perspectives of Native Americans in this scholarship.
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