It’s still #FergusonOctober, and people are still protesting police brutality in light of the Ferguson and Shaw shootings.
I wish we didn’t publish as early as we did because last Sunday was a busy day for news!
When the Lord of the Rings trilogy hit theaters in the early 2000s, millions of Tolkien fans around the world delighted to see one of their favorite epic fantasies on-screen. I, on the other hand, remained completely unaware of the films. I do not recall viewing any trailers, seeing the films on my local theater’s marquee, or speaking with any fans about it. I lived in a bubble where the Lord of the Rings did not exist. In hindsight, I realize that I remained unaware of Lord of the Rings because I could not find myself in Lord of the Rings. There was no place for people of color, and especially women of color, on this epic adventure, so I tuned out. Read More Dear White Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fans: Stop Recommending Doctor Who & Harry Potter
Previously I wrote about the whitewashing of Tonto in Disney’s The Lone Ranger and some of the harm done by non-Indigenous filmmakers controlling onscreen images of NDN people. One way to combat this harm is to support Indigenous filmmakers, writers and actors in their endeavors to portray our lives, the multitude ways of being Native, and some of the intersections of Indigenous identities with other identities. I’ll get you started by sharing some of my favorite movies about and by Indigenous people. Read More 5 Must See Movies by Indigenous Filmmakers