First Nations people in film (in progress)

Lesson Schedule

1: The Importance of Representation

2-4: Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

Extended Lesson Schedule (not for spring 2015):

  1. Concept and Importance of Representation.  Reel Injun chapter 1 (“Native Representation”).
  2. Postcolonial Theory (“Derision and Desire”). Reel Injun chapter 2 (“Native Americans from Hollywood to Wounded Knee”; “Birth of the Hollywood Indian”). Assignment: Comparison of Pocahontas, The New World, and Avatar).
  3. Stereotypes. Reel Injun chapter 4 (“Tonto Speech and Stereotypes”; “The Savage Injun”).
  4. Reel Injun chapter 6 (“Indians or Human Beings?”; “A Good Injun…Is it a Dead Injun?”).
  5. Reel Injun chapter 7 (“The American Indian Movement”; “The Groovy Injun”).
  6. Reel Injun chapter 8 (“The Renaissance”).
  7. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. Assignment: Main characters of Atanarjuat
  8. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (continued).  Choose essay topic on Atanarjuat.
  9. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (continued). Write introduction paragraph on Atanarjuat.
  10. Work on Atanarjuat essays.

Reel Injun

Stereotypical Representations

Salvage ethnography

Cowboys & Indians Tonto (The Lone Ranger)


Pocahontas Stories

The New Native Cinema

Smoke Signals Anatarjuat: The Fast Runner Shi-Shi Etko CBQM