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Stories of the frontier and Indian history have become popular topics of art literature music and motion pictures Most of these movies involving Indians portray them as a race of ignorant thieving savages who initiate the fighting and deserve to be killed Dances With Wolves manages to avoid this stereotype by humanizing Native Americans by the way they portrayed the tribe as real people with true emotions Dances With Wolves is about how a Union soldier in the Civil War Lt John J Dunbar performs a bizarre near-suicidal act which earns him an award for heroism a horse and his choice of a new post He selects a remote Western fort because he feels it is his last chance to see the frontier before it disappears When he arrives the fort is abandoned but he decides to fulfill his soldierly duties until reinforcements arrive He soon comes in contact with a local Sioux tribe and through patience and effort on both sides is befriended by and gradually integrated into the tribe Over the course of time he is drawn more and more into their community Eventually he is forced to take the side of the Indians over that of his fellow soldiers a situation which leads to his arrest Also a major factor in the film is his romance and marriage with a white woman who has been raised in the tribe since she was a young girl She is largely responsible for Dunbar switching sides The first inaccuracy that I came across is when the Sioux met the lieutenant and act as if they had never had any contact with the white men before This is strange in that the year is 1863 and the California gold rush of 1849 had drawn untold numbers of people across the country The Sioux mostly lived on the plains between the Mississippi River and Rocky Mountains and would have surely made contact with some
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