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Native Americans on Film

Native Americans on Film

Conversations, Teaching, and Theory

Edited by M. Elise Marubbio and Eric L. Buffalohead

Contributions by Houston Woods, Michelle Raheja, Jennifer Gauthier, Carla Taunton, Carole Gerster, Amy Corbin, Angelica Lawson, Sam Pack, Beverly Singer, Joanna Hearne, Zack Shlachter, M. Elise Marubbio, Saza Osawa, Jennifer Machiorlatti and Elizabeth Weatherford

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

398 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 34 b&w photos

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813136653
  • Published: February 2013


  • Paperback
  • 9780813175799
  • Published: May 2018



The film industry and mainstream popular culture are notorious for promoting stereotypical images of Native Americans: the noble and ignoble savage, the pronoun-challenged sidekick, the ruthless warrior, the female drudge, the princess, the sexualized maiden, the drunk, and others. Over the years, Indigenous filmmakers have both challenged these representations and moved past them, offering their own distinct forms of cinematic expression.

Native Americans on Film draws inspiration from the Indigenous film movement, bringing filmmakers into an intertextual conversation with academics from a variety of disciplines. The resulting dialogue opens a myriad of possibilities for engaging students with ongoing debates: What is Indigenous film? Who is an Indigenous filmmaker? What are Native filmmakers saying about Indigenous film and their own work? This thought-provoking text offers theoretical approaches to understanding Native cinema, includes pedagogical strategies for teaching particular films, and validates the different voices, approaches, and worldviews that emerge across the movement.