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December 30, 2010

January's FREE Film Screening: "Reel Injun"

If you're looking for a way to escape the cold this January, the museum will be offering FREE daily screenings of the 2009 documentary Reel Injun starting this Saturday. Throughout the month, the film will play every day (except Wednesdays) at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the museum's Rasmuson Theater.

Directed by Neil Diamond (Cree), Reel Injun explores the Hollywood Indian through a century of cinema to uncover how the myth of "the Injun" has influenced the world's (mis)understanding of Native peoples. Clips from classic and recent films, along with candid interviews (Clint Eastwood, Chris Eyre, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, and Russell Means, among others), trace the evolution of cinema's depictions of Native people from the silent film era to today.

Check out the trailer below, and bring your friends and family on by!


For more information on NMAI's Film & Video screenings, click here.



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good to know.

There's an excellent review of Reel Indian in today's Washington Post. The writer, Courtland Molloy, uses the issues raised by the film to discuss the Washington NFL team's insensitive nickname and imagery. Here's the link:


The Redskins is a really poor team name and
I think kids should not use it in fantasy
football for example.


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