Native Features: Indigenous Films from Around the World

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826428455
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author


After spending many years as a macadamia nut farmer, Houston Wood earned his PhD in English from the University of Hawaii in 1996 and now teaches at HawaiiPacificUniversity. His previous publications include The Reality of Ethnomethodology (with Hugh Mehan), Wiley Interscience; Displacing Natives: The Rhetorical Production of Hawai'i, Rowman and Littlefield; various journal article and book chapters.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements


Introduction


Part One: Indigenous Films Come of Age


Chapter 1: Four "Indigenous" Hits


Chapter 2: The Films of Chris Eyre


Chapter 3: David Gulpilil in Two Worlds


Part Two: Concepts, Challenges, and Confusions


Chapter 4: Some Challenges of Indigenous Films


Chapter 5: Uses and Abuses of Indigenous Films


Chapter 6: Dimensions of Difference in Indigenous Films


Part Three: Indigenous Film Regions


Chapter 7: North American Indigenous Films before 2000


Chapter 8: North American Indigenous Films after 2000


Chapter 9: Indigenous Films of the Arctic


Chapter 10: Oceania's Indigenous Films before 2000


Chapter 11: Oceania's Indigenous Films after 2000


Chapter 12: The Indigenous Films of Australia


Future Indigenous Films


Notes


Selected Filmography


Selected Bibliography


Index

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