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Indian Boarding School Gothic in "Older than America" and "The Only Good Indian"
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
2015 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 47, no 2, 5-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the appropriation and redirection of the Gothic in two contemporary Native-centered feature films that concern a history that can be said to haunt many Native North American communities today: the history of Indian boarding schools. Georgina Lightning's Older than America (2008) and Kevin Willmott's The Only Good Indian (2009) make use of Gothic conventions and the figures of the ghost and the vampire to visually relate the history and horrors of Indian boarding schools. Each of these Native-centered films displays a cinematic desire to decenter Eurocentric histories and to counter mainstream American genres with histories and forms of importance to Native North American peoples. Willmott's film critiques mythologies of the West and frontier heroism, and Lightning attempts to sensitive non-Native viewers to contemporary Native North American concerns while also asserting visual sovereignty and affiming spiritual values. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Odense, 2015. Vol. 47, no 2, 5-27 p.
Keyword [en]
indigenous film, visual sovereignty, Georgina Lightning, Kevin Willmott, gothic
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Studies on Film Cultural Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28698ISI: 000364606600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-28698DiVA: diva2:867855
Available from: 2015-11-06 Created: 2015-11-06 Last updated: 2015-12-18Bibliographically approved

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