The American Indian: Child Life. This 1930s silent film shows us the everyday life of Native American children from several different tribes, mostly southwestern. From the time it was made, you’d expect lots of stereotypes, but you would be wrong for the most part. What you get is lots of charming and very real images of Native American children playing, working, interacting with animals, and going to school. A few of the title cards might make you cringe (like the one about how Indians can’t resist drumbeats), but for the most part, this film is quite respectful of its subject matter. Which gives it a great deal of historical interest. Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.

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