Category Archives: cinema

New Book on American Indians & Popular Culture

Our new book on American Indians and popular culture arrives in February, right on the heels of ruminations about how politics and science are fused. Because my work examines how Native American cultural values are treated in mediated discourse within … Continue reading

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Deciphering the Real Indian

American Indians face a double whammy when it comes to authenticity: how do you know what is real? As a die-hard empiricist, I never thought I would turn to critical theorists to illuminate American Indian authenticity. But here I am.

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Ethics in Indian Country

The Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center in Chicago sponsored a talk this week on indigenous views of ethics, and I was delighted to attend with first daughter Wak-o-apa (Megan). The four presenters discussed perspectives about art, appropriation and sharing from … Continue reading

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Contagion

I’ve delayed reading the reviews for the new film Contagion until I sort though my feelings. When I worked at the CDC my colleagues didn’t suit up in the Day-Glo orange hazard gear but they did venture to outbreaks to … Continue reading

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Roll on Columbia

The Columbia River has long been sacrosanct for Pacific Northwest Indians, who consider it an integral feature of their lives and spirit. Researching the mediated discourse and public opinion about tribal issues arising from the river has opened my eyes … Continue reading

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Meek’s Cutoff

I write today without doing my homework. Don’t tell my students. Second daughter (Wee-Hey) and I saw Meek’s Cutoff and I resist reading the reviews and backstories while the movie floats through my soul and brain.

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Table of Contents

I am grateful to be part of a cohort of academics who have been pulled together to write a new 2-volume book on American Indians and Popular Culture for a textbook that will be published this year. Yesterday the editor … Continue reading

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Spirits in the Cave

I dragged my pal Bob to a packed theatre to see the new documentary about caves in France that reveal stories of ancestors from 32,000 years ago. Werner Herzog’s new film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, explores the pristine Chauvet Cave, … Continue reading

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Finding an Authentic Role Model

I shamefully revealed in the blog that growing out my gray hair is a feeble attempt at authenticity. There’s an inexplicable mashup of identity, informed by post-50 angst combined with new-found freedom of movement, infused with teachings from my Indian … Continue reading

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Same Old, Same Old

Over the weekend I saw the animated film Rango featuring Johnny Depp and a flock of critters who carve out a town in the desert, literally thirsting for water. Depp’s performance is subtle, funny and well-honed. But that’s where the … Continue reading

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