Following on the success of ''Film/DerSchatzImSilbersee'' and other {{West German|y}} {{Western}} movies, the {{East German|y}} DEFA studios produced ten Westerns for the domestic, Eastern bloc and international market. These portrayed the struggle of the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American Indians]] against the advancing United States as inspirational, but tragic examples of anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist struggle. In keeping with this, the films were not called Westerns, but ''Indianerfilme'' ("Indians movies").

The films were shot at various locations in Eastern Europe, with, for instance, [[CaliforniaDoubling the Caucasus doubling for the Black Hills of Dakota]]. A few of the films were based on literary works, but most were taken directly from history. And Gojko Mitic played the lead in all of them.

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* ''Die Söhne der großen Bärin'' (The Sons of the Great She-Bear, 1965): Based on the novel by Lieselotte Welskopf-Henrich.
* ''Chingachgook, die große Schlange'' (Chingachgook, the Great Snake, 1966): Based on ''Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales'' by James Fenimore Cooper.
* ''Brennende Zelte in den Schwarzen Bergen'' a.k.a. ''Spur des Falken'' (Burning Tents in the Black Hills or Tracks of the Falcon, 1968)
* ''Weiße Wölfe'' (White Wolves, 1969): Sequel to the preceding.
* ''Tödlicher Irrtum'' (Deadly Mistake, 1969)
* ''Tecumseh'' (1972)
* ''Apachen'' (1973)
* ''Osceola'' (1973)
* ''Ulzana'' (1974)
* ''Blutsbrüder'' (Blood Brothers, 1975): Written by and starring singer/actor Dean Reed, who had defected from the US.
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!! These films contain examples of:

* FakeNationality
* TheWestern
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