BOOK DATA. Liza Black, Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941–1960. Omaha: University of Nebraska Press, 2020. $65 cloth; $65 e-book. 354 pages.

Recent studies of Native Americans’ participation in Hollywood cinema since its inception—as actors, directors, producers, and spectators—have revealed the often fraught but sometimes generative relationships between Indigenous people and the film industry. While filmic Native American images have often been considered peripheral, these studies have demonstrated that Indigenous participation has been critical in all periods of cinema history. Liza Black’s Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941–1960 extends the lively and vital conversation about Indigenous representations by focusing on Hollywood films produced between World War II and the middle of the Vietnam War—a period marked by both a rise in highly offensive cinematic images of Native American people and an increasing, yet still problematic, demand for Indigenous labor as actors, especially as extras.

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