Dances with Wolves, 25 Years Later


Today from Indian Country:

Dances with Wolves

A quarter-century after the acclaimed release of Dances With Wolves, the Oscar-winning film continues to be a touchstone of uplifting Native imagery—and a reminder that much cinematic truth-telling remains to be done. According to the Screen Actors Guild, only 87 Native American performers were featured in lead and supporting roles in 1985. Following the release of Dances With Wolves, that number peaked at 436 in 1993. Later statistics, however, have shown a gradual decline in the demand for Indian actors. By Angela Aleiss

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