Imprinted Ideas and Indigenous Futurisms: Thinking Beyond Hollywood’s Indians and Toward Visual Sovereignty via Imaginative Acts of Reclamation

Danika Medak-Saltzman, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Lamon Fellow, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Danika Medak-SaltzmanDanika Medak-Saltzman2012–2013 Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar, photograph by Jason S. OrdazDanika Medak-Saltzman2012–2013 Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

Hollywood has long over-determined roles for American Indians in mainstream films, but what about how Native peoples are portrayed in more specific genres like horror and science fiction/fantasy? How have Hollywood representations impacted Native filmmakers’ decisions to take up classic scary-movie and science-fiction subjects, and what forms have Native thrillers begun to take? This presentation will move the conversation about Native peoples in horror/sci-fi/fantasy beyond the ubiquitous Indian burial grounds and open the door to examining how genre-specific ideas about “Indians” have served to constrain the narratives Native peoples are telling about ourselves. This presentation will further explain how what might seem like an unexpected turn in contemporary Native cultural production and filmmaking is actually the reclamation and articulation of “Indigenous Futurisms.”

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