i find it funny how many folks are upset that white men are portrayed as unflattering in this movie. the whole point of this movie is not only to entertain but to give us plain old white folks a taste of how those of other cultures felt when they had been portrayed as idiots,etc. Growing up and watching movies as a child on saturday mornings the only cool indian i remember was tonto. and what about tarzen kicking a whole bunch of natives behinds darn near single handedly? costner wants us to think and fill a little of what others have felt over the years.this i think was one of his main points of this great movie. also check out open range.