Plastic Warriors

Plastic Warriors

Release date:

2004

Running time:

26 minutes

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Closed Captioned:

No

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Plastic Warriors is an eye-opening and much-needed examination of common harmful First Nations stereotypes. The Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, Land-o-Lakes butter, Squaw Creek, Squaw Island are just a few examples of names that do not reflect benign images and terms for everyone. In this frank documentary, five Aboriginal people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds express their frustration over the widespread use of caricatures of North America's Indigenous people.

Do these images make it difficult for real living First Nations people in contemporary society? Who should be held accountable for the perpetuation of these stereotypes? What can Indigenous people do to deter these images and protect their children from being further harmed? Plastic Warriors raises an alarm and, with any luck, the next time its viewers encounter a Hollywood or Halloween Indian, it'll also raise a few eyebrows.

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