This short can be found in the recently released DVD collection "Treasures of the West"---a collection of mostly short films from the earliest days of movies until 1938. According to the accompanying commentary track, the Biograph Company (owned by D.W. Griffith) would travel each year--filming part of the year in California and part of it back East. This film was one of several made during the trip West and the crew apparently stopped off in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a few days. And, while Griffith was off filming some drama, Mack Sennett (also employed by Biograph) was off filming this comedy, "The Tourists".
Unfortunately, "The Tourists" just has almost no plot. Even compared to the average Sennett film of the day (which were often filmed off the cuff and with only story outlines), this one is plot-thin. A group of tourists miss their train and spend some time gawking at the Indian natives hanging about the railroad station. One of them, Trixie (Mabel Normand) begins flirting with the Chief and soon all the ladies from the tribe begin chasing her about--until she and her friends catch the next train and beat a hasty retreat.
In addition to having almost no plot (and no laughs), the film features many actual Native Americans BUT like films of the day, the Chief and his wife were actually played by White actors wearing LOTS of dark makeup. An interesting curio but not a very good comedy.
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