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Native Features is the first book to look at feature films made by Indigenous people, one of the world's newest and fastest growing categories of cinema. The book provides easy to understand guidelines to help viewers appreciate the more than 50 Indigenous features now in circulation. Native Features shows how movies made by Native peoples throughout the world often strengthen older cultures while they simultaneously correct stereotypes found in non-Indigenous films.
The book focuses on well-known films, such as Rabbit-Proof Fence, Smoke Signals, and Whale Rider, as well as on many films seldom seen beyond the regions where they were made. Separate chapters trace the exemplary careers of Cheyenne and Arapaho director Chris Eyre and of Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil. There are chapters as well that look at Indigenous feature films by region. These detail how individual Indigenous films fit within the distinctive film histories of the Arctic, Australia, Oceania, and North America.
As the first extended study of the recent global explosion of Indigenous cinema, Native Features provides pioneering ways of thinking about these films that will likely shape discussions for decades to come.
Pt. 1 Indigenous Films Come of Age 5
Ch. 1 Four "Indigenous" Hits 7
Ch. 2 The Films of Chris Eyre 27
Ch. 3 David Gulpilil in Two Worlds 41
Pt. 2 Concepts, Challenges, and Confusions 57
Ch. 4 Some Challenges of Indigenous Films 59
Ch. 5 Uses and Abuses of Indigenous Films 71
Ch. 6 Dimensions of Difference in Indigenous Films 86
Pt. 3 Indigenous Film Regions 105
Ch. 7 North American Indigenous Films before 2000 107
Ch. 8 North American Indigenous Films after 2000 118
Ch. 9 Indigenous Films of the Arctic 135
Ch. 10 Oceania's Indigenous Films before 2000 153
Ch. 11 Oceania's Indigenous Films after 2000 165
Ch. 12 The Indigenous Films of Australia 178
Ch. 13 Future Indigenous Films 199
Selected Filmography 221
Selected Bibliography 225