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Author Hearne, Joanna

Title Native recognition : indigenous cinema and the western / Joanna Hearne
Published Albany : SUNY Press, ©2012


Description 1 online resource (xx, 408 pages) : illustrations
Series The SUNY series : horizons of cinema
SUNY series, horizons of cinema.
Contents Reframing the western imaginary: James Young Deer, Lillian St. Cyr, and the "squaw man" Indian dramas -- "Strictly American cinemas": social protest in The vanishing American, Redskin, and Ramona -- "As if I were lost and finally found": repatriation and visual continuity in Imagining Indians and The return of Navajo boy -- Imagining the reservation in House made of dawn and Billy Jack -- "Indians watching Indians on TV": native spectatorship and the politics of recognition in Skins and Smoke signals
Summary This book argues for the central role of Indigenous image-making in the history of American cinema. Across the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries, Indigenous peoples have been involved in cinema as performers, directors, writers, consultants, crews, and audiences, yet both the specificity and range of this Native participation have often been obscured by the on-screen, larger-than-life images of Indians in the Western. Not only have Indigenous images mattered to the Western, but Westerns have also mattered to Indigenous filmmakers as they subvert mass culture images of supposedly "vanishing" Indians, repurposing the commodity forms of Hollywood films to envision Native intergenerational continuity. Through their interventions in forms of seeing and being seen in public culture, Native filmmakers have effectively marshaled the power of visual media to take part in national discussions of social justice and political sovereignty for North American Indigenous peoples. This book brings together a wide range of little-known productions, from the silent films of James Young Deer, to recovered prints of the 1928 Ramona and the 1972 House Made of Dawn, to the experimental and feature films of Victor Masayesva and Chris Eyre. Using international archival research and close visual analysis, the author expands our understanding of the complexity of Native presence in cinema both on screen and through the circuits of film production and consumption.--publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Indians in motion pictures.
Indigenous films -- United States
Western films -- United States
ART -- Film & Video.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- Reference.
Indians in motion pictures.
Indigenous films.
Western films.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781461921332