"For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all."
-John F. Kennedy in the introduction to The American Heritage Book of Indians
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Forget Avatar: 10 Compelling Films of Real-Life Indigenous Struggles
One of the main reasons I started this blog almost six months ago was my experience with a little film by the name of Avatar. It proved so influential that my very first real blog post was all about Avatar:
Since then my experience with native cinema has expanded considerably. There are tons of great films out there about real life indigenous struggles yet Avatar gets all the hype! Not fair. With that in mind I put together the following list:
I am a graduate student at the University of British Columbia where I study modern U.S. and Canadian social and cultural history. I specialize in issues of myth, memory, and representation concerning indigenous peoples and the North American fur trade. In an effort to bring attention to these topics and put my thoughts into writing, I have started blogging. I hope you appreciate the results.