TONTO GOES TO THE MOVIES

Monday, November 10

Time: 4:30 p.m. — 6 p.m.

Location: KU Ballroom

More Info:  oma.udayton.edu

The 2013 release of Disney’s film version of The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp as the Indian Tonto, revived old debates about the stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans in the western genre. Chadwick Allen places the new film in the context of 80 years of Lone Ranger production in order to assess just how much Tonto has—and has not—changed across the 20th and 21st centuries, and to ask just what Tonto’s portrayals might tell us about dominant US culture’s sense of its history and values.

Chadwick Allen is Professor of English and Associate Dean in Arts and Humanities at The Ohio State University. The author of books and articles on Native American and comparative Indigenous literary studies, he has a strong secondary interest in the popular western and has written extensively on the aesthetics and politics of The Lone Ranger-Tonto pairing.

Contact Information:

Name:  Native People of the Americas Colloquium Committee
Website:  udayton.edu/npac
Phone:  937-229-3634