WE ARE NOT YOUR SAVAGES [In Progress]
Freedom, adventure, simplicity, resilience, honesty, and pastoral bliss describe the supposed characteristics of the cowboy and the American West, today and in times past. Genocide, racism, intolerance, displacement, inequity, brutality, and despair are more accurate terms to describe the West if you are one of its first inhabitants, the Native American.
The myth of the American West and the romanticization and simultaneous vilification of its first inhabitants can represent itself in many social constructs: literature, films, poetry magazines, art, photography, clothing, speech and the internet. In my film, I explore the turbulent history of the West and the myths that have grown up around it and how this history's manifestation in the American cultural imagination has impacted American Indians in the West—namely, those located in Montana.