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Reverse Shots

Indigenous Film and Media in an International Context

Edited by Susan Knabe & Wendy Gay Pearson
Subjects Cultural Studies, Film & Media, Indigenous Studies
Series Film and Media Studies Hide Details
Paperback : 9781554583355, 392 pages, December 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554584260, 392 pages, January 2015

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Reverse Shots: Indigenous Film and Media in an International Context, edited by Wendy Gay Pearson and Susan Knabe
Part I. Dream Makers
Introduction: Globalizing Indigenous Film and Media | Wendy Gay Pearson and Susan Knabe
1. He Who Dreams: Reflections on an Indigenous Life in Film | Michael Greyeyes
Part II. Decolonizing Histories
2. Speakin’ Out Blak: New and Emergent Aboriginal Filmmakers Finding Their Voices | Ernie Blackmore
3. Taking Pictures B(l)ack: The Work of Tracey Moffatt | Susan Knabe
4. The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: Arctic History as Post/Colonial Cinema | Kerstin Knopf
5. Australian Indigenous Short Film as a Pedagogical Device: Introducing Wayne Blair’s The Djarn Djarns and Black Talk | Colleen McGloin
6.“Once upon a Time in a Land Far, Far Away”: Representations of the Pre-Colonial World in Atanarjuat, Ofelas and 10 Canoes | Wendy Gay Pearson
Part III. Mediating Practices
7. Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou: Indigenous Television in Aotearoa/New Zealand | Jo Smith and Sue Abel
8. Superhighway across the Sky ... Aboriginal New Media Arts in Australia: A Remix and Email Conversation between Adam Szymanski and Jenny Fraser | Jenny Fraser and Adam Szymanski
9. On Collectivity and the Limits of Collaboration: Caching Igloolik Video in the South | Erin Morton and Taryn Sirove
Part IV. Documentary Approaches
10. The Prince George Métis Elders Documentary Project: Matching Product with Process in New Forms of Documentary | Stephen Foster and Mike Evans
11. “Whacking the Indigenous Funny Bone”: Native Humour and Its Healing Powers in Drew Hayden Taylor’s Redskins, Tricksters, and Puppy Stew | Ute Lischke
12. Situating Indigenous Knowledges: The Talking Back of Alanis Obomsawin and Shelley Niro | Maeghan Pirie
13. “I Wanted to Say How Beautiful We Are”: Cultural Politics in Loretta Todd’s Hands of History | Gail Vanstone
Part V. Other Perspectives
14. Filming Indigeneity as Flânerie: Dialectic and Subtext in Terrance Odette’s Heater | Tanis MacDonald
15. Playing with Land Issues: Subversive Hybridity in The Price of Milk | Davinia Thornley


From the dawn of cinema, images of Indigenous peoples have been dominated by Hollywood stereotypes and often negative depictions from elsewhere around the world. With the advent of digital technologies, however, many Indigenous peoples are working to redress the imbalance in numbers and counter the negativity.
The contributors to Reverse Shots offer a unique scholarly perspective on current work in the world of Indigenous film and media. Chapters focus primarily on Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and cover areas as diverse as the use of digital technology in the creation of Aboriginal art, the healing effects of Native humour in First Nations documentaries, and the representation of the pre-colonial in films from Australia, Canada, and Norway.


Running the spectrum from the chapter by Michael Greyeyes ‘He Who Dreams: Reflections on an Indigenous Life in Film–to the healing humor from Drew Hayden Taylor's ‘Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew–to pre-colonial representations in ‘Atanarjuat–and ‘10 Canoes’ this volume fascinates, educates, and leaves you wanting more.... Highly recommended for all Tribal Colleges, four year colleges and universities, and any institution or research center which deals with Indigenous people.

- John D. Berry, Past President, American Indian Library Association, 2015 January