Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson was Robert Altman's bicentennial film. Released for the Fourth of July weekend in 1976, the film examines the western both as a national myth and as a commercial entertainment form; indeed, one might see the film's project as an expos? of the ideological functioning of the western, its white male hero, and the Native American in nearly 100 years of American popular culture.
Simon, William G. and Spence, Louise, "Cowboy Wonderland, History, and Myth: 'It Ain't All that Different than Real Life" (1995). School of Communication and Media Arts Faculty Publications. 17.