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Indigenous History in Film: Indigenous Peoples and the Native-Newcomer Relationship

Image of four movie covers: Black Robe, the New World, The Last of the Mohicans, and Dances with Wolves

This is a survey of various film portrayals of Indigenous people and their historical relationship with European settlers and colonists in North America. Ideas about who Indigenous people are, and what their future is in relation to settler colonialism, have been played out in film and fiction. These images, in turn, have informed government policy and academic portrayals. Likewise, they feed on stereotypes that may or may not have more to do with a western critique of itself than an accurate representation of Indigeneity and the Indigenous experience. Students consider several broad themes, including the effects of European contact and colonization, settler colonialism, religious and cultural imperialism, property and dispossession, and Indigenous resiliency and cultural continuity.

*Please note all courses will be taught remotely until February 28th, 2022.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.