I found a number of similarities while comparing the content of The Vanishing American to The Battle at Elderbush Gulch. Despite the fact that the story lines have two very different agendas, The Vanishing American focuses on the government's maltreatment of Native Americans while The Battle of Elderbush Gulch focuses on the defeated and over exaggerated noble savage, both movies help perpetuate (not always by author's choice) the melodramatic, either good or bad Indian stereotype.
If film, as Louis Reeves Harrison suggested really had the power to provoke social change, how do you think The Vanishing American (1925), if it had been acted out as it was originally planned, would have been received? Do you think the film would have had a positive impact with the potential to change the direction of thought towards the American Indian or do you think it still would have been too early for the Euro-American audience to digest the progressive message in Grey's "outspoken" film?
In the first few pages of Celluloid Indian Kilpatrick suggests that America's myth in centered on the idea of, "How the West Was Won." With this in mind, turn to page five and read the quote by film critic Peter Wollen then give three detailed examples from The Battle of Elderbush Gulch that coincide with this description of nationalist discourse. In what do you think the movie exaggerated the Native American image most?