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->''"...the god promised that if she stayed with him in the cave he'd forgive her people, and protect and enchant their land until the end of time. So she agreed to live with the god in the waterfall and became Maid of the Mist. And thanks to the princess, Niagara has remained an enchanted wonderland, despite hundreds of years of commercial development."''
-->-- Jaye, ''{{Wonderfalls}}''

This is a {{Setting}} that broadly covers the locations where American Indians (also Red Indians, Native Americans, Amerinds, or [[CanadaEh First Nations]]) can be found.

Unlike other settings, there is no common physical aspect to this trope, as RealLife American Indians are a diverse group that have lived in a variety of places, such as the lush forests of the Appalachian Highlands, the arid deserts of the Great Plains, and the Intermontane Plateaus of the west. Instead, Injun Country as used in media is a state of mind -- a place where the normal rules of the Civilized World do not apply, broached only by those daring enough to venture into the unknown.

The characterization of Injun Country has changed over the years. It began as a staple of TheWestern and tabloid entertainment, where American expansion brought white settlers into conflict with natives in TheWildWest. In these works, the American Indians were depicted as HollywoodNatives or [[TheSavageIndian bloodthirsty savages]], with a "primitive" lifestyle and the ever-present threat of a scalping. Sympathetic Indian characters were almost always [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy honorable brave]] collaborators with whites, while "[[MixedAncestry Half-Breed]]" characters could go either way

Today's portrayals of Injun Country have changed due to ValuesDissonance. While the landscape remains the same, frequently such revisionist works will depicted the natives as earthy {{Noble Savage}}s or {{Magical Native American}}s who lived in an [[{{Arcadia}} Edenic utopia]] before the White Man's arrival tore it all down. Though the Indians usually remained a threat to the heroes, they also acknowledge the injustices of the settlers.

An emerging variation can also be seen in present-day works set on modern indian reservations, TheRez, which are often shown as an awkward mix of lavish casinos and abject poverty. The contrast has become fodder for comedy and satire, and also leading to new character types, such as opportunistic Indian hucksters dazzling gullible visitors with fake rituals and spurious wisdom.

A supertrope to TipisAndTotemPoles and TheRez. Depending on the work, may overlap with SettlingTheFrontier, TheWildWest, HollywoodNatives, TheSavageIndian, and MagicalNativeAmerican.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Scalped}}'' is set in the criminal underworld of a fictional Lakota Souix reservation in South Dakota, with the town's mob boss setting up a new casino.
* The Saint of Killers' backstory in ''{{Preacher}}'' involves him rescuing a young woman from Injun Country. When she tells him about the horrible things they did, he tells her bluntly that they learned it from the whites. While in reality Native American tribes were no strangers to brutality, they did learn scalping from Europeans during the French and Indian War.
* In one ''American Eagle'' story, the local authorities deny the investigation of the Desert Stars, the state superteam of Arizona, going so far as to say, "Yep, and you ain't in Arizona no more. This here's the Navajo nation, son." There's also the time Billy Lame Deer found Cobalt Man armor and [[CrossesTheLineTwice took a casino hostage, asking for whiskey]]...
* Little Plum is a comic strip in the [[BritishComics British Anthology Comic]] ''TheBeano'' is set in injun country with the strip mainly being about a young indian boy from the smellyfoot tribe. It is full of indian stereotypes and all the indian characters speak broken english which consists of normal english but with the word the being replaced with um.
* ''ComicBook/OumPahPah'', considered a prototypical version of ''{{Asterix}}'' (which the same writer and artist team would later create), is about a tribe of this kind battling against white invaders with ZergRush tactics (similar to how the Gauls fight the Romans in ''{{Asterix}}'').
** Later in ''{{Asterix}}'' as well, in "The Great Crossing".
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''DancesWithWolves'' has both extreme flavors of the trope. The Pawnee tribe is purely malevolent, slaughtering a harmless white man for entering their land. The Lakota tribe, however, are proud, noble, far superior to the madness of white society, and tragically doomed. Many Lakota were not happy about being portrayed as helpless innocents in need of a MightyWhitey.
* ''[[DisneyAnimatedCanon Pocahontas]]'' is part of the modern wave of portraying an idealized version of Indian society. This isn't as bad as it could have been, since other than the title character they are ''exactly'' as quick to violence as the colonists, as in they both launch their sneak attacks on the other at the same time.
* ''[[DisneyAnimatedCanon Peter Pan]]'' portrays Injun Country as dangerous, but ultimately the Indians are more sympathetic than the dastardly white pirates. The Indians have both teepees and totem poles, but they're in a MagicalLand to the begin with.
* The Canadian film ''Black Robe'' is set in a refreshingly unromanticized (''and'' undemonized) perception of what's now Ontario and Quebec. No Colours Of The Wind, no squaw gettum firewood: just Huron guys dying of smallpox, Iroquois guys [[ImAHumanitarian eating Algonquin guys]], and French guys talking about a [[Literature/TheBible Jewish guy]] who was crucified but [[DisneyDeath came back]].
* The films ''Film/SmokeSignals'' and ''TheBusinessOfFancyDancing'' are insider views of present-day Indian reservations; and examine the issues that modern Native Americans face. Both films were written, and the latter directed, by Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene author, screenwriter, and poet.
* ''Film/TheIronHorse'' involves the people building the Transcontinental Railroad struggling to fight off attacks from the Cheyenne--who are struggling to destroy something that is a mortal threat to their way of life.
* Creator/JimJarmusch's ''Film/DeadMan'' is a thoroughly modern take on Injun Country, portraying the madness of white industrialism encroaching into the American Frontier. The main character's train passes the tipis and bison of the Great Plains to arrive somewhere in the American Northwest. The hero is never in any danger from Indians, and in the end, he arrives at a Makah village, which looks very different from the stereotypical tipi camp.
* In ''TheNewWorld'', the Virginian Powhatan tribe is portrayed, and they are much different from the standard Great Plains stereotype. Though ominous and warlike at first, they enjoy a much more favorable portrayal then the initial white settlers. The Powhatan are shown to be clean, fit, and prosperous, while the English fort is filthy and filled with sick, hideous, mean people. As the film goes on, however, Pocahontas learns to appreciate English culture as well, and she is enchanted by England when she visits it.
* In the film ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'', the party passes through Injun Country and gets attacked at night by some fairly stereotypical braves, who are barely visible in the darkness.
* ''TheOutlawJoseyWales'' takes place in a revisionist Injun Country. The primary conflict is between white soldiers on opposite sides of the Civil War. Josey acquires an Indian companion who grouses about the white man but also subverts various stereotypes. While holed up in a ranch house that has been fortified against Indian attack, Josey has a heart-to-heart with the honorable chief of the local tribe to avoid a conflict with them.
* ''Renegade'' (aka ''{{Blueberry}}'') features a white lawman who was adopted into an Indian tribe in his youth. He lives with one foot in his white frontier town and one foot in Injun Country. Indians are portrayed as wise and mystical people whose knowledge of hallucinogens ultimately allows the hero to achieve a climactic epiphany.
* ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' subverts the classic Wild West Injun Country. Maverick's Indian friend is a sly, greedy conman who helps Maverick pull a trick on his companions and bilks money from a wealthy white hunter, who wants the Indians to behave like they do in the books.
* In ''My Little Chickadee'', a train passing through Injun Country gets attacked by stereotypical Indian braves on horseback. Mae West makes wisecracks as she guns a few down from a cabin window.
* In ''{{Appaloosa}}'', the heroes chase the villains into Injun Country. When they're all attacked by a war band, the white folks all agree to a truce until they get out of Injun Country.
* In ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'', the stagecoach enters Apache country and must ultimately flee from a swarm of angry Apaches giving chase.
* In ''FortApache'' the very reason for the fort's existence is to keep in check the unruly Apache populace.
* Parodied in the western comedy ''Film/TheVillain''; there's a literal white line drawn across the desert, and when some pursuing Indians reach it, they screech to a stop; the one guy who tumbles across hurriedly scrambles back.
** And, it's Indian ''county''.
* In ''Mans Favorite Sport'' (in 1964, no less) included an Indian huckster, John Screaming Eagle.
* Hilariously lampooned in ''CannibalTheMusical'', where Alfred Packer and his party pass through a Ute settlement. All of the Native Americans are played by ''Japanese'' actors. There's even a scene showing the tribal warriors practicing their katas in front of teepees made from Japanese flags. The chief points out all the stereotypical aspects of their camp and dress to try to convince the whites that they're genuine.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* BloodMeridian by CormacMcCarthy (recently of NoCountryForOldMen fame) deconstructs this trope with what might be thought of as a ''meta'' revisionist historical Injun Country, where, not to put too fine a point on it, all humans of all colours and cultures are essentially between one and zero steps removed from the dishonourable, brutal naked savage stereotype. Very adroitly {{deconstructed}} by the author in order to make a case for BlueAndOrangeMorality.[[note]]Noted for its historical accuracy. Food for thought.[[/note]]
* ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' ends with our protagonist announcing that it is his intention to move out here and have a hollerin' good time with the Injuns. In the TV series ''The New Adventures of HuckleberryFinn'', he actually ends up in ''India''.
* The American poet and author Sherman Alexie is known for using (and often deconstructing) this setting. Incidentally, he grew up on a reservation. He's Spokane-Coeur d'Alene.
* "Captitivity Narratives" featuring white Puritan girls getting captured by Indians and forced to live with them were popular between the 17th and 19th centuries. The archetypical example would be ''A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson'', a true, autobiographical story.
* ''AroundTheWorldIn80Days'' uses the first characterization: On their way to New York our heroes' train is ambushed by a considerable number of Sioux. This is likely because Verne preferred to run with popular -if unflattering- stereotypes, possibly as satire.
* This concept runs throughout the novel ''TheAlienist''.
* The works of 19th century writer Karl May are the uber-example of this trope for anyone who learned to read in German as a kid. Despite never having been to the then still Wild West himself[[note]] presumably because he spent several years in prison for fraud[[/note]], he wrote vivid first-person accounts of "his" encounters with NobleSavage Apache Literature/{{Winnetou}}.
* Both the [[TheSavageIndian Savage Indian]] and NobleSavage variants are played so painfully straight in the works of [[Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales James Fenimore Cooper]] that at times it feels like parody. Hilariously lampooned by MarkTwain in his essay [[http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/hns/indians/offense.html "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses"]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One of the ''Series/AufWeidersehenPet'' series has a back-story involving an Indian tribe buying the Middlesborough Transporter Bridge and re-erecting it in the desert as an attraction for their casino. Of course, our heroes get the job ... ''ItMakesSenseInContext''
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' had an episode where the family went to a casino; Malcolm got in trouble for card-counting for his father.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Shapes" is set on an Indian reservation whose elders complain about people turning away from their old beliefs. An Indian Reservation in Montana [[CaliforniaDoubling that looks a lot more like the west coast of British Columbia]]. Thankfully, the native people shown avert both the NobleSavage and Casino Indian stereotypes.
* The painful last-season episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' where [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] gets superpowers over time and space while the main cast is busy [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything forcing the tribe of Written By White Men to resettle on another planet because their current one was given away in a treaty to some pale skinned aliens.]]
* ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'' takes place near Injun Country. One episode takes place on a reservation. All of the natives shown are portrayed as normal everyday people, though the protagonist tries to poke one into becoming more of a stereotypical magical shaman.
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Tony Soprano visits an Indian casino that is owned and run by a shady white businessman with perhaps a drop of Indian ancestry.
* ''Series/FTroop'' was almost ahead of its time on this trope, portraying the Hekawi tribe as a harmless group of schemers who are solely interested in making business deals with white settlers. Much of the characterization of the tribe is actually based around Yiddish comedy, to the point that the show teases the myth that they're [[AmbiguouslyJewish the lost 13th tribe of Israel]].
* In ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'', the camp is illegally built on Sioux territory, causing conflict with the local tribesmen. The trope is essentially a {{Reconstruction}} of its original role in Westerns. The Sioux are largely just the faceless Threat From Without, and are seen committing random raids and murders. At one point, Bullock gets into a mano-a-mano with a ProudWarriorRaceGuy who thought shooting him would be too easy.
* In ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Pawnee was founded in Injun Country. Many of the [[DeliberateValuesDissonance flagrantly unpolitically correct murals]] in city hall depict the brutal confrontations between the settlers and the Indians. In one episode, Leslie gets in trouble with the local tribe by trying to hold a fair on tribal land. The tribal chief scares her with the threat of an Indian curse while privately laughing about how white people always fall for that kind of nonsense.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has the extreme example, with the return of magic to the world allowing Amerindians to (re)take the western half of the continent. The new nations vary wildly; some of have become high-tech powerhouses, while others sink ever-further into squalor and decay.
* You guessed it. ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''. No matter what setting, there are "Indians" around. In the original Weird Western setting, Native Americans have carved not one, but two sovereign nations out of American soil. By the time ''Deadlands: Hell on Earth'' rolls around, the "Coyote Confederation" is a defunct wasteland, while the "Sioux Nations" remains one of the few pleasant places anywhere on the planet. ''Deadlands: Lost Colony'', as a SpaceWestern, uses the native sentient beings of planet Banshee as [[FantasyCounterpartCulture ersatz Indians.]]
* Wherever the Wendigo werewolf tribe hangs out in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' (especially the ''Wild West'' setting). The more militant ones are still mightily pissed off at the European werewolves who moved in with roughly the same beliefs as the normal humans regarding the New World (they also [[SealedEvilInACan released the Eater of Souls]] by accident, but water under the bridge, eh?).
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''The Rez Sisters'' and ''Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing'' by Cree playwright Tomson Highway; also his novel ''Kiss of the Fur Queen''.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Prey}}'' stars a ''badass'' Indian protagonist who doesn't believe in his tribe's teachings, but with the help of a near-death experience and a spirit journey to his grandfather gains the ability to escape his worldly body and cheat death.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}'' features Blackfoot and Apache natives as antagonists/sympathetic allies/victims in need of saving. The protagonist, Colton Reed, is half-white, half-native.
* ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' is a time-travelling Native American who hunts the most dangerous game--no, not [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame that one]]--dinosaurs.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' visited a rather archaic-looking reservation in "Benwolf."
* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', John Redcorn won a long lawsuit to return to him a portion of his tribal land as a reservation. It's about 12 acres, situated next to a busy freeway. In a later episode, he opens a casino on the property to give his band a place to perform, only to be informed by the authorities that Texas doesn't have Indian gaming.
* The last real ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ever made, "Injun Trouble", was mostly set here, with the last part taking place in an old western saloon.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter pulls into an Indian casino as an emergency rest stop, and while he's in the restroom, Lois gambles away the family car. Peter must then try and convince the operators he's a member of the tribe, in order to participate in the tribal profit-sharing, and get the car back.
* In ''TheSimpsons'', Bart had a "vision quest" at an Indian casino. And Marge lost twenty thousand dollars.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has a bunch of Indian ghosts building an absurdly huge casino in the house's backyard. Captain Hero and Spanky Ham start making money with fraudulent bets, while Foxxy Love and Princess Clara start a strip club in the house.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' features a nearby Indian reservation. In one episode, Cartman finds out that a local Indian man had slept with his mother and visits the reservation to speak with him. Another episode lampoons the New Agey makeover of Indian culture. The owner of an alternative medicine shop exalts the virtues of natural medicine developed by local Indian tribesmen. It turns out that the cures are useless shams, and the "Indians" were just Mexicans anyway. The episode "Red Man's Greed" features the local tribe opening an Indian casino and trying to wipe out the white townsfolk with blankets infected with SARS. Stan cures the townsfolk by going on a vision quest and rediscovering the traditional medicines of his people: DayQuil, chicken noodle soup, and Sprite.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' featured the Great Plains flavor of Injun Country, complete with teepees, feathered headdresses, and a tribe of nature-loving NobleSavage buffalo who come into conflict with the local town of WildWest ponies.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', Tiger the cat gets randomly kidnapped by Native American mice when he wanders into their territory, and they prepare to roast him alive. But, when they see his resemblance to a nearby mountain, they start to worship him as a god.
* ''Treasure Of Manhattan Island'' has a group of Lenape mice who fled underground when the Europeans came, and live in caves beneath the city.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' features an Indian reservation as a setting for one episode, highlighting some problems that a few reservations face. (Land not suitable for farming cash crops leading to low development) Looten Plunder tries to irrigate it, and [[PetTheDog does give the residents paying jobs]], but [[WellIntentionedExtremist didn't quite think it through, resulting in environmental damage]]. By the end of the episode, the natives go back to farming, but they farm crops that are native to the territory ''and'' set up wind turbines.
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