Hollywood's Wackiest Portrayals Of Native Americans

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Charlton Heston as The Savage. Using a bow and arrow instead of a gun for a change.
In the old days, whenever you saw a star dressed up as an "Indian" and saying "How," you wanted to say "Why?"

Here are some of the wildest/weirdest of all time.

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Burt Lancaster gave good cleavage in Apache. And he knew how to heave his bosom like angry bison.

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Paul Newman in Hombre. He sure was.

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Victor Mature as Chief Crazy Horse, with dead birds on his head and modern art on his face. And those drop earrings!

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Brooklyn-born Jeff Chandler looked silly as Cochise in Broken Arrow, but he got an Oscar nomination for his performance. Why is he holding chopsticks?

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Denver-born Debra Paget was always typed as an exotic creature, this time in Broken Arrow. She went on to also play South Sea maidens and harem girls. In 1962, she married a Chinese millionaire and quit the biz.

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Audrey Hepburn in The Undefeated. The plot had the Native Americans claiming her as one of their own, but so did the supermodels.

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I love Linda Darnell in everything, even Buffalo Bill. No one could work a blue-and-black headband with corresponding necklace like Linda.

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Elvis was of mixed blood in Flaming Star, one of his most not-bad films. Love the costume, or lack thereof.

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Unfortunately, he also made Stay Away, Joe, in which Native Americans were generally portrayed as inept buffoons. The three people that saw this movie screamed "Return to sender!"

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Ejolexa
Ejolexa

People just like to be Hollywood Obsessive,It comes with the territory.Maybe you need a "This is my column,so its my damn list,case closed"notice. I love seeing all the extra trivia that shows up here,miles and miles of it. Thats what were good at.

Chris
Chris

Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles?

LIMEN !
LIMEN !

My great grandmother was full blooded Cherokee. In the opinion only Real FullBlooded Native Americans should play the parts Native Americans. It's like a white man doing black face to depict an African American. We have come along way. But still have a long way to go yet!Native Americans and Gays are still second-class citizens. No matter how you look at it?

neorealist
neorealist

How about Frank De Kova in F Troop or do TV portrayals not count?

Starkers
Starkers

Jennifer Jones only payed a half breed. And if Musto had put those five and nothing else, someone would have said, "But what about Charlton Heston, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Debra Paget..."

Marilyn Lastman
Marilyn Lastman

Think of them as bejeweled accessories. Works for the pope.

Musto
Musto

No problem. I was just explaining why I left her off. But whenever I do these lists, someone says "But what about....?" It's just one of my crosses to bear.

MJM
MJM

even though he's half Native American (like Elvis) my votes go to: -The Plainsman ['37] (Anthony Quinn)-Duel in the Sun ['46] (Jennifer 'I'M TRASH I TELLS YA TRASH!' Jones) -Winchester '73 ['50] (Rock Hudson) -The Wild North ['52] (Cyd Charisse) -Cheyenne Autumn ['64] (Ricardo Montalban and Sal Mineo)

Mae Swazey
Mae Swazey

Michael.............Michael...................I didn't do that as a gotcha, I swear.  (I wouldn't dare!)  I didn't realize the list was for native-BORN Americans.  I thought the list was for funny-looking ones!

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