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The short drama "White Fawn's Devotion" is primarily of interest for
its director, James Young Deer, and its cast of Native Americans, who
enact a drama of an interracial family that falls victim to a
misunderstanding. The actual story has obvious similarities to many
other short dramas of the era, but its frontier setting adds a
dimension that a similar drama set in a city or suburb, without the
cross-cultural interactions, would not have.The story features a white settler, his Native American wife White
Fawn, and their daughter. A conflict arises when the settler learns
that he has inherited a large fortune, but must go east to claim it.
White Fawn immediately foresees that this will force him to choose
between two entirely different ways of life, and her reaction soon
leads to a serious misunderstanding.As this feature illustrates, in 1910 there were still some good
opportunities in film-making for minorities. As a result, although much
of the story is just a variant of a well-worn plot premise, the movie
is still interesting to watch because it offers a worthwhile
perspective on the cultural issues involved, rather than limiting
itself to one family's problems.
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