Every documentary ever made never just presents facts and realities. The viewer is always encouraged to adopt certain attitudes and opinions about the facts and realities presented. This statement is defiantly true when it comes to the documentary “Savagery and The American Indian”. In this particular documentary various methods are used to influence the viewer such as the narrators, dramatic recreations, old footage, point of view, music, sequence of events, scene selection and the conclusion offered at the end of the documentary. These techniques are used with specific selection of detail which encourages the viewer further. All these various techniques are used to push over a message of sympathy for American Indians and generally an anti-European/pro-Indian stance.
The documentary itself discusses the development of American Indian culture and the arrival of European setters in the early 17th century and onwards. The battles, disagreements, brutality and politics behind the so called ‘eradication’ of American Indians is looked to in depth and the suffering which was inflicted on the American Indians and the pain that is still felt today. The documentary dives into the culture of the Indians and displays how it has been torn apart.
In any documentary the narrator or narrators perform a key role in carrying across the key message of the documentary maker. “Savagery and the American Indian” is no exception to this. The documentary has 2 primary narrators, one who is an elderly “mature” sounding man and the other calm but sad sounding American Indian. Both are used for different functions and both have a significant impact on the message of the documentary.
The main narrator used is the mature elderly man. Everything this narrator says is going to be taken on board by the viewer and this holds him in a position of high influence. The narrator sides with the American Indians and the language he uses reaffirms thi...