Film Representations of Indigenous Peoples

The 2010 Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, a multi-disciplinary gathering devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of moving images, is scheduled for Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, in the coastal town of Bucksport, Maine. This year, the symposium will explore amateur and noncommercial filmmakers’ representations of indigenous peoples and cultures. In particular, it will focus on the output of filmmakers who have worked outside the mainstream to advance historical, cultural, and critical understanding of indigenous peoples, and to counter mythmaking about those societies. Potential topics include travel films and their audiences, defining the indigenous, documenting lost languages, privacy and informed consent, indigenous peoples as filmmakers, issues of the sacred and profane, and many more.

Northeast Historic Film will run the event, which is open to archivists, artists, and scholars from all disciplines. The organization, which has a 125-seat cinema with 35mm, 16mm, videotape, and DVD projection, invites submissions of proposed presentations in the form of emailed 250-500 word abstracts. The Symposium Program Committee (Snowden Becker, Univ. of Texas, Janna Jones, Northern Arizona University and Mark Neumann, Northern Arizona University) has begun reviewing proposals. Information:

The tentative schedule with a list of presenters and topics is available at the museum’s website, as is a registration form.

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