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Queering Native Film/Queer Native Film

This course explores contemporary Native American and Indigenous film by directors from a range of gender expressions, sexual orientations, and geographies.  Leveraging creative and critical works that frame the visual trope of the Native as abject, queer, and liminal, we will seek out films that centralize queerness and Nativeness within narratology, and that question their invisible status within heteronormative empire and settler colonial processes.  Further, we will examine how these films and their associated epistemologies present exemplars for sexual orientation and gender expression that are inclusive, revered, and nonpareil and/or invite critique and interventions that are integral to decolonization.

Taught by Penny Kelsey.