In the film, Drums Along the Mohawk, the leader of the British calls his armed forces, the Indians, back after a resounding defeat by the frontiersmen. He yells, "Call the filthy beggars back!", referring to the Indians fighting for his army. First the American Indian is attacked within the film, by the actual characters in the movie. Second the American Indian is attacked by the film itself and the choices made of their portrayal. In Celluloid Indians, Kilpatrick states, "The celluloid Indians could not be allowed to win. They had to remain consciously Other, and they had to in one or many ways be held as inferior."(47) Discuss the two different ways that the American Indian is held as inferior in the film Drums Along the Mohawk. First, internally, by the characters in the movie and second, externally, by the choices of the filmmakers.
In Drums Along the Mohawk, compare the social status of Blueback to the lead female character. There were several scenes in which Blueback berated women in the film. Give examples of these and discuss why the director and/or writers made conscious choices to portray Blueback as misogynistic. What were/are the benefits of portraying the American Indian in this way?