Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens / Edition 1

Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens / Edition 1

by Beverly R. Singer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816631611

ISBN-13: 9780816631612

Pub. Date: 10/01/2001

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Native Americans have thrown themselves into filmmaking since the mid-1970s, producing hundreds of films and videos, and their body of work has had great impact on Native cultures and filmmaking itself. With their cameras, they capture the lives of Native people, celebrating community, ancestral lifeways, and identity. Not only artistic statements, the films are…  See more details below

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Native Americans have thrown themselves into filmmaking since the mid-1970s, producing hundreds of films and videos, and their body of work has had great impact on Native cultures and filmmaking itself. With their cameras, they capture the lives of Native people, celebrating community, ancestral lifeways, and identity. Not only artistic statements, the films are archives that document rich and complex Native communities and counter mainstream media portrayals.

Wiping the War Paint off the Lens traces the history of Native experiences as subjects, actors, and creators, and develops a critical framework for approaching Native work. Singer positions Native media as part of a larger struggle for "cultural sovereignty"-the right to maintain and protect cultures and traditions. Taking it out of a European-American context, she reframes the discourse of filmmaking, exploring oral histories and ancient lifeways inform Native filmmaking and how it seeks to heal the devastation of the past. Singer's approach is both cultural and personal, provides both historical views and close textual readings, and may well set the terms of the critical debate on Native filmmaking.

Beverly R. Singer is a filmmaker and director of the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at the University of New Mexico.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816631612
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Series:
Visible Evidence Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
110
Sales rank:
1,286,048
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue in Three Parts
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Thinking Indian Thoughts1
1Bringing Home Film and Video Making5
2The War-Painted Years14
3Toward Independence23
4Native Filmmakers, Programs, and Institutions33
5On the Road to Smoke Signals61
Conclusion: Continuing the Legacy92
Notes101
Index107

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