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.