An assessment of historic and contemporary models of native representation from ethono-entertainment films to experiential education films
Chaikin, Eric Justin.
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Ethno-entertainment is a term that makes apparent the merger of entertainment and science in the depiction of the Native presence in film. This approach to filmmaking is assessed and is determined to be defunct. Experiential-education filmmaking is offered as an alternative approach. It is suggested that Native science can inform this approach in a way that allows a contextual understanding of Native language and culture. My video thesis work, K'anecho'xdekdiigh- I'm Not Going to Teach You, is suggested as an example of how the prominence of Native science may promote survivance rather than perpetuate ethno-entertainment's focus on absence.
K'anecho'xdekdiigh: I'm not going to teach you is a film that is part of the student's thesis project.