A new project on Curtis’ silent movie In the land of the Head Hunters

EDWARD CURTIS MEETS THE KWAKWAKA’WAKW ‘IN THE LAND OF THE HEAD HUNTERS’:
Curtis’ Landmark 1914 Silent Film restored through a collaborative project that approaches the film from two distinct but overlapping perspectives: As a scholarly recovery and restoration of the original melodramatic contexts and content of the film and musical score; and as an indigenous re-framing of this material given unique Kwaikutl perspectives on the original film, its specific cultural content, and its historical context of production.

http://www.curtisfilm.rutgers.edu/

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One Response to A new project on Curtis’ silent movie In the land of the Head Hunters

  1. Andrea says:

    This film was just screened here at Bard by one of its directors! He said of interest was how the current generation and older generation reacted (and interacted) to the film, the older generation speculating what their grandparents were saying in this silent film. discourse about agency and resistance to curtis. at the same time the film is reclaiming indigenous history. thus contrasting perspectives on the remaking and presentation of the film by indigenous intellectuals vs. the communities. (ex, presentation of film = film screenings are accompanied by secularized ritual dances that are too long for typical american audience, which in itself may be a form of ‘resistance’ or agency on the part of the current generation. this in itself is documented, is anthropology, and soon oh oh metadiscourse.)

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