More Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art
American Indian Studies
Published by: Michigan State University Press
Imprint: Michigan State University Press
Echoing and expanding the aims of the first volume, Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art, this second volume contains illuminating global Indigenous visualities concerning First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, Maori, and Sami peoples. This insightful collection of essays explores how identity is created and communicated through Indigenous 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 Two draws on American Indian studies, film studies, art history, cultural studies, visual culture studies, women’s studies, and postcolonial studies. Among the artists and media makers examined are Tasha Hubbard, Rachel Perkins, and Ehren “Bear Witness” Thomas, as well as contemporary Inuit artists and Indigenous agents of cultural production working to reimagine digital and social platforms. Films analyzed include The Exiles, Winter in the Blood, The Spirit of Annie Mae, Radiance, One Night the Moon, Bran Nue Dae, Ngati, Shimásání, and Sami Blood.
“From decolonization to digital media, Visualities 2 is a broad conversation aware of how art has an impact on actual people in real communities. Indigenous people as readers of film and video by and about ourselves clearly influence these essays and make them richer, deeper, more real.”
—HEID E. ERDRICH, author of Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media