Authentic Stories About Native Americans Need Hollywood’s Attention


As the saying goes, seeing is believing. If Hollywood has shown us anything lately, it’s that the tides are turning — albeit slowly — in favor of more authentic, diverse stories.

Consider one of the highest-grossing films of 2016. “Rogue One: A Stars Wars Story” was lauded for its diversity, heroic minority characters, and Diego Luna’s real Mexican accent.

If films that promote diversity are reaching such huge audiences, should they not strive to be honest in their depictions? While representation is a great first step, authenticity should be the quick second. This raises the question of who controls the narrative, and how accountable they are to those narratives.

Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River” does a fine job of honestly depicting present-day Native people on a Wyoming reservation. Yet when he penned “Hell or High Water,” Sheridan showed more restraint in owning…



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