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Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art
     

Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art

by Denise K. Cummings
 

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In recent years, works by American Indian artists and filmmakers such as Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Edgar Heap of Birds, Sherman Alexie, Shelley Niro, and Chris Eyre have illustrated the importance of visual culture as a means to mediate identity in contemporary Native America. This insightful collection of essays explores how identity is created and communicated

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In recent years, works by American Indian artists and filmmakers such as Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Edgar Heap of Birds, Sherman Alexie, Shelley Niro, and Chris Eyre have illustrated the importance of visual culture as a means to mediate identity in contemporary Native America. This insightful collection of essays explores how identity is created and communicated through Native film-, video-, and art-making; what role these practices play in contemporary cultural revitalization; and how indigenous creators revisit media pasts and resignify dominant discourses through their work. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art draws on American Indian Studies, American Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. Among the artists examined are Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Eric Gansworth, Melanie Printup Hope, Jolene Rickard, and George Longfish. Films analyzed include Imprint, It Starts with a Whisper, Mohawk Girls, Skins, The Business of Fancydancing, and a selection of Native Latin films.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628951462
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Series:
American Indian Studies
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
15 MB
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Meet the Author

Denise K. Cummings is Assistant Professor at Rollins College, where she teaches film history, theory, and criticism, critical media and cultural studies, and American and American Indian literature, culture, and film.

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