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Native American Experience on Film Talk

Smoke Signals: From the Prairie to the Reservation

Sandy Guthrie | 2023 | 100 MINS
UK
Millions of feet of celluloid have been used to document hordes of faceless ‘Redskins’ being gunned down, but other films have described the lives and customs of Native American and First Nation people.

In Detail

Since the dawn of cinema, their often tragic trail from masters of their own vast lands to the current problems resulting from living on reservations has been handled with dignity by some filmmakers and less sensitively by others.

As Martin Scorsese’s new film ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ describes the struggles of the Osage people in the 1920s, this talk, by Sandy Guthrie of the Cinema Education Team, provides an opportunity to examine the cinematic treatment of the indigenous population of the USA and Canada, in fictional films, historical reconstruction and documentary.

Some well-known movies will feature but others will be less obvious examples of the representation of the lives and history of Native American and First Nation as they have been shown on the big screen.

There is so much more to their history and way of life than many westerns might suggest.

Tickets £6.50
Free for Students