Following on the success of ''Film/DerSchatzImSilbersee'' and other UsefulNotes/{{West German|y}} {{Western}} movies (most of the based on stories by Creator/KarlMay), the UsefulNotes/{{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.

[[AC:The DEFA Westerns:]]
* ''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 The Deerslayer]]'' 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): Sequel to ''Apachen''.
* ''Blutsbrüder'' (Blood Brothers, 1975): Written by and starring singer/actor Dean Reed, who had defected from the US.
!! These films contain examples of:

* DawnOfTheWildWest: ''Chingachgook, die große Schlange'' (mid-18th century), ''Tecumseh'' (UsefulNotes/WarOf1812), and ''Osceola'' (Seminole Wars of the early 19th century in Florida).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Four of the ''Indianerfilme'' were directly based on historic events, so many of them appear. Just taking the relevant starring roles by Gojko Mitic: Tecumseh, Ulzana (also in ''Apachen''), and Osceola.
* TheWestern: Or rather, TheMoralSubstitute from a Communist perspective.