Comparing Dances with Wolves with The Searchers
The Native American culture is something that is cherished by their people. “Perhaps no other group of people has quite the rich and storied culture as those of the Native Americans. They have a history rich in struggle, strife, and triumph (Native American Culture).” Dances with Wolves, directed by Kevin Costner in 1990, is about a white man who becomes interested in the Native American culture and decides to befriend fellow an Indian tribe (Dances with Wolves). The Searchers by John Ford in 1956 is about a white man who is on a journey to find his niece who was kidnapped by an Indian tribe (The Searchers). These films do have a few differences but many similarities. Dances with Wolves and The Searchers both show the relationships between white people and the Indians, how the Indians really utilized buffalo for survival, and how the Indians and white men values differ.
Dances with Wolves and The Searchers showed the relationship between the white men and the Indians. Overall, the relationship between the Indians and white men was nonexistent and they hated one another. However, in Dances with Wolves, Kevin Costner decided to show another side to that relationship- a friendship (Dances with Wolves). In Dances with Wolves, the main character John Dunbar who is a Lieutenant in the military, finds himself alone and abandoned at his new post, Fort Sedgewick. He is living close to an Indian tribe named the Sioux. Many times they try to steal his horse and make him scared (Dances with Wolves). Despite that, Dunbar finds himself interested in their culture and the way they live. So he decides
to try to become friends with them. After the Indians realized that they could trust Dunbar, they became very close and taught each other many things (Dances with Wolves). In The Searchers John Ford displayed the most common relationship between the Indians and the white men – hatred (The Searchers). The main character, Ethan Edwards, is trying to find his niece, Debbie, who has been kidnapped by the Comanche Indians when she was a young girl and is now a teenager (The Searchers). Obviously, since the Indians had taken the girl the white men were not happy with the Indians and there was a...