Monday, August 13, 2007

The 70s obsession with the American Indian

A now overlooked part of the 70s is the obsession with the narrative and aesthetic of the American Indian. A few examples:

Cher. Halfbreed

A clip from the film Billy Jack

Anti-pollution PSA

Coven: One Tin Solder

Paul Revere & the Raiders: Indian Reservation

Sacheen Littlefeather Refuses Brando's Oscar (March 27, 1973)

Today in Odd History, a young woman in beaded doeskin took the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, in Los Angeles, California, to decline Marlon Brando's Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather. Her name, she said, was Sacheen Littlefeather, and she had a message from Marlon Brando.

"Marlon Brando ... has asked me to tell you, in a very long speech which I cannot share with you presently — because of time — but I will be glad to share with the press afterward, that he must... very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reason for this being... are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry… excuse me… and on television in movie re-runs, and also the recent happenings at Wounded Knee. I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening and that we will, in the future… our hearts and our understanding will meet with love and generosity. Thank you on behalf of Marlon Brando."

Im sure there are all sorts of gems out there. Any suggestions of additions would be greatly appreciated.


Ollie said...

Wow. That Cher video is quite cheesy but also rather moving. Good find, Tom.

Ollie said...

OMG, the anti-pollution one is awesome. Love the close up on his tear, so over-ripe it's pornographic.