- is no longer politically correct to refer to the indigenous peoples of the United States as “Indians,” yet the term is indispensable in discussing Westerns. Throughout most of cinema history, Native Americans have been referred to by this disparaging term. Today, scholars generally use the term “Native American” when referring to actual actors or actual people, and they rarely use “Indian,” only when referring to characters in films and novels.See also INDIANS.
Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema. Paul Varner. 2012.
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