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Old 06-12-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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Default Why No Native American Tv Shows?

Has anyone ever noticed or wondered why Hollywood hasn't had any TV dramas or sitcoms with American Indians as the lead actors?
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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Has anyone ever noticed or wondered why Hollywood hasn't had any TV dramas or sitcoms with American Indians as the lead actors?
Arctic Air starring Adam Beach (Ojibwa).
Into The West (mini-series) starring a whole bunch of Native Americans
Power Rangers starring Jason David Frank (Tohono O'odham)
Twin Peaks starring Michael Horse (Yaqui, Mescalero Apache, Zuni)

etc.

Next question?
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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Arctic Air starring Adam Beach (Ojibwa).
Into The West (mini-series) starring a whole bunch of Native Americans
Power Rangers starring Jason David Frank (Tohono O'odham)
Twin Peaks starring Michael Horse (Yaqui, Mescalero Apache, Zuni)

etc.

Next question?
I was reaching into the depths of my memory to pull Twin Peaks out of there! Did Twin Peaks have actual Native American characters? I can't remember--but I thought there was a show that did.

Interesting question...
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Does F-Troop count?
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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I was reaching into the depths of my memory to pull Twin Peaks out of there! Did Twin Peaks have actual Native American characters? I can't remember--but I thought there was a show that did.

Interesting question...
Northern Exposure? That's what I was thinking of. I don't remember Native American characters in Twin Peaks, but that was so long ago. It would make sense since it took place in the Northwest.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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I'am talking about American Tv shows with Native Americans as the lead characters and that center around Native American people. Why no Native American oriented sitcoms for example?
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:11 AM
 
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I'am talking about American Tv shows with Native Americans as the lead characters and that center around Native American people. Why no Native American oriented sitcoms for example?
Integration? The American Indian (Native American) people I know are mixed blood and just part of "regular" American society. I don't know. American Indian tribes are all very different from each other, too. A show depicting Navaho people, for example, would not have anything in common with an Eastern Woodlands tribe. Are you American Indian? What would you like to see?
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:40 AM
 
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Are you American Indian? What would you like to see?
Naw,I'am Black(African-American). I was just curious about why we've rarely seen Native American oriented shows on American TV. Like there have been many Black oriented shows since the 70's on up to today and some Latino shows here and there but none centered around Indians/Native American lead characters.

One explanation I've heard that may explain some of this is that Hollywood too often wants to keep Native Americans in the past through westerns and will rarely portray modern day Indian life. Maybe that attitude towards them is a part of the problem. Or is it more about their smaller population size?
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:02 AM
 
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Naw,I'am Black(African-American). I was just curious about why we've rarely seen Native American oriented shows on American TV. Like there have been several Black oriented shows since the 70's on up to today and some Latino shows here and there but none centered around Indians/Native American characters.

One explanation I've heard that may explain some of this is that Hollywood too often wants to keep Native Americans in the past through westerns and will rarely portray modern day Indian life. Maybe that attitude towards them is a part of the problem.
Interesting because one tribe I'm involved with (I'm not a member and I have many different nationalities, plus a multitude of European nationalities) was just talking about how anglo Americans see American Indians (a term most "Naive Americans" seem to prefer) as the western tribes you see on TV. As an African American (you) it would be like saying why aren't there more shows depicting (insert African country). Of course there are reservations across this country, maybe that would make a great documentary, maybe even a sitcom. I don't think it's a conspiracy, though.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:46 AM
 
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Naw,I'am Black(African-American). I was just curious about why we've rarely seen Native American oriented shows on American TV. Like there have been many Black oriented shows since the 70's on up to today and some Latino shows here and there but none centered around Indians/Native American lead characters.

One explanation I've heard that may explain some of this is that Hollywood too often wants to keep Native Americans in the past through westerns and will rarely portray modern day Indian life. Maybe that attitude towards them is a part of the problem. Or is it more about their smaller population size?
The Native American population is less than 2%, so not a large target audience. The bottom line is profit and producers are not going to spend the money unless they are somewhat sure they have a show that will make money.
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