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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.
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