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Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film


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In this engaging account, Michelle H. Raheja offers the first book-length study of the Indigenous actors, directors, and spectators who not only helped shape Hollywoodand#8217;s representation of Indigenous peoples but also, through their very participation, complicated the dominant, and usually negative, messages about Native peoples in film. 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. As such, these films have been highly influential in shaping perceptions of Indigenous peoples as, for example, a dying race or inherently unable or unwilling to adapt to change. Films with genuinely Indigenous plots and subplots, however, clearly attest a different aspect of Native presence in a culture that largely defines Native peoples as invisible or separate.

In Reservation Reelism, Rahejaand#160;traces positive representations in film that reflect the complex and vibrant experiences of Native peoples and communities.

About the Author

Michelle H. Raheja is an associate professor of English and director of the California Center for Native Nations at the University of California, Riverside. Her articles have appeared in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, American Quarterly, and edited volumes.

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Raheja, Michelle H.
University of Nebraska Press
Native American Studies
Native American-General Native American Studies
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History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
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