Critical Writing Index

Rhetorical Dimensions of Native American Documentary

by Steven Leuthold

Wicazo Sa Review, Fall 2001, v. 16, no. 2, pp. 55-73

Steven Leuthold discusses Native American documentary for what he believes to be its three main rhetorical goals: documentary as as a formation of arguments for social change; documentary for the creation of collective identities; and documentary to register shifts in identity based on the reality of contemporary indigenous life. Native American artists use video documentary to "rethink history". Video offers artists an alternate form of media production that resists the American hegemony.

ITEM 2001.132 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The Place of Falling WatersRoy Bigcrane

Thompson Smith

The Spirit of Kuna YalaAndrew Young

Songs in Minto LifeCurt Madison

In the Heart of the Big MountainSandra Sunrising Osawa

Kanatsiobareke: Place of the Clean PotMelanie Printup Hope

A Matter of TrustBill Sharpsteen

Victor Masayesva Jr.

Kabnestake: 270 Years of ResistanceAlanis Obomasawin

Lighting the Seventh FireSandy Johnson Osawa

Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations