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| The Apaches have always been fair game in Hollywood.
The romance of the Old West, at least in early cinema, included equal doses
of brazen outlaws, impossibly courageous lawmen, pretty sunsets and at least
one raid by a suitably bloodthirsty tribe of savages -- quite often Apache
or Comanche, who would be summarily driven off in a most embarrassing manner
by the timely arrival of the cavalry. It still happens in movies but
much less often for two reasons. For one thing, far fewer Westerns
are made now days (the 1950's were rife with them on both movie and TV screens).
The other reason is that as a society we've finally come into a semblance
of adulthood with respect to our views on the history of the West, and particularly
how we perceive Native American culture. Thankfully, the malicious
stereotyping of Native Americans seems to be coming to an end.
NOTE: If you know of other instances where Cochise has been portrayed in film or on television, please send me an email!
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