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Tribal Televisions: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms

Dustin Tahmahkera

Abstract

Beginning with the iconic Indian Head test pattern, which followed television station sign-offs and preceded sign-ons from the mid-1940s through the 1970s, representations of Native Peoples have been a constant presence on TV. This book examines these representations, focusing on situational comedies of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Analyzing dozens of sitcoms from the United States and Canada, the book complicates assumptions that Native representations on TV are inherently stereotypical and escapist. From The Andy Griffith Show, The Brady Bunch, and Barney Miller to Different Strokes, K ... More

Keywords: Indian Head test pattern, Native Peoples, TV, America, indigenous portrayals, actors, sitcoms, non-Natives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469618685
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618685.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dustin Tahmahkera, author
Southwestern University