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Imagining Native America in Music$
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Michael V. Pisani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108934

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108934.001.0001

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Underscoring Ancestry: Music for Native America in Film

Underscoring Ancestry: Music for Native America in Film

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(p.292) 9 Underscoring Ancestry: Music for Native America in Film
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Imagining Native America in Music
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Michael V. Pisani

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108934.003.0010

This chapter examines the music of native America in motion pictures. It analyzes how music subverts the standard stereotypes of Native Americans as depicted on-screen through actions and words and the role of music in reinforcing an implied connection between the antiquity of the continent and Indian ancestry. It traces how and why the evocation of ancestry came to play such an important role in Hollywood films and looks at the film scores for several films including Dances With Wolves, Winners of the West, and They Died with Their Boots On.

Keywords:   music, motion pictures, Native Americans, Indian ancestry, Hollywood films, Dances With Wolves, Winners of the West, They Died with Their Boots On

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