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In this deeply engaging account Michelle H. Raheja offers the first book-length study of the Indigenous actors, directors, and spectators who helped shape Hollywood’s representation of Indigenous peoples. Since the era of silent films, Hollywood movies and visual culture generally have provided the primary representational field on which Indigenous images have been displayed to non-Native audiences. These films have been highly influential in shaping perceptions of Indigenous peoples as, for example, a dying race or as inherently unable or unwilling to adapt to change. However, films with Indigenous plots and subplots also signify at least some degree of Native presence in a culture that largely defines Native peoples as absent or separate. Native actors, directors, and spectators have had a part in creating these cinematic representations and have thus complicated the dominant, and usually negative, messages about Native peoples that films portray. In Reservation Reelism Raheja examines the history of these Native actors, directors, and spectators, reveals their contributions, and attempts to create positive representations in film that reflect the complex and vibrant experiences of Native peoples and communities.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. 1. Toward a Genealogy of Indigenous Film Theory: Reading Hollywood Indians
  2. pp. 1-45
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  1. 2. Ideologies of (In)Visibility: Redfacing, Gender, and Moving Images
  2. pp. 46-101
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  1. 3. Tears and Trash: Economies of Redfacing and the Ghostly Indian
  2. pp. 102-144
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  1. 4. Prophesizing on the Virtual Reservation: Imprint and It Starts with a Whisper
  2. pp. 145-189
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  1. 5. Visual Sovereignty, Indigenous Revisions of Ethnography, and Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)
  2. pp. 190-220
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  1. 6. Epilogue
  2. pp. 221-240
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 241-290
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 291-317
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803234451
Related ISBN
9780803211261
MARC Record
OCLC
798295774
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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