This book explores the varying contexts in which indigenous filmmaking takes place and how they challenge some of the basic assumptions of viewers.Though interest in indigenous feature-length films has expanded greatly in recent years, there is as yet no book-length examination of this subject. "Native Features" will fill this gap.Written for students and the general viewing public, "Native Features" explores the varying contexts in which indigenous filmmaking takes place. The book demonstrates how indigenous films challenge some of the basic assumptions of viewers who experience these films while using national cinemas as their models. Each chapter includes little known information that is likely to increase the understanding and pleasure of all who view these diverse films."Native Features" should function as an essential guide for everyone interested in indigenous peoples or in innovative films.
After spending many years as a macadamia nut farmer, Houston Wood earned his PhD in English from the University of Hawaii in 1996 and now teaches there. His previous publications include The Reality of Ethnomethodology (with Hugh Mehan), Displacing Natives: The Rhetorical Production of Hawai'i, and various journal articles.
Preface; Part One: Indigenous Films Come of Age; Chapter 1: Approaching Indigenous Films; Chapter 2: "Indigenous" Hits: Adapting Native Stories for Film; Chapter 3: Four Indigenous Directors: Barry Barclay, Chris Eyre, Bahman Ghobadi, and Zacharias Kunuk; Chapter 4: The Uses and Abuses of Indigenous Film; Chapter 5: Indigenous Film Aesthetics: Content, Form, and Process; Part Two: Indigenous Film Regions. Chapter 6: North American Indigenous Films; Chapter 7: Latin American and Caribbean Indigenous Films; Chapter 8: Arctic Indigenous Films; Chapter 9: Oceanic Indigenous Films; Chapter 10: Australian Indigenous Films; Chapter 11: Middle-Eastern and Asian Indigenous Films; Chapter 12: African Indigenous Films; Chapter 13: Future Indigenous Films; Appendix A: List of Indigenous People by Region; Appendix B: List of Indigenous Film Festivals; Appendix C: List of Indigenous Film Distributors.