Critical Writing Index

The Journey's Discovery

by Elizabeth Weatherford

Native Americans on Film: Conversations, Teaching, and Theory, 2013, pp. 337-358

Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2013

In this chapter from the book Native Americans on Film: Conversations, Teaching, and Theory, Elizabeth Weatherford interviews Mohawk multimedia artist and filmmaker Shelley Niro about her career. As such, the piece foregrounds the themes that are integral to her work such as notions of history, memory, forgetting, and community. Despite dealing with such lofty ideas, Niro's films are more often than not permeated by humour, which serves as a generative way of engaging with her audience. Weatherford concludes the chapter by situating Niro's work within the broader context of indigenous filmmaking in Canada, pondering her influence in terms of examining how Niro's work helped other indigenous filmmakers move away from solely making documentaries to making films across a variety of genres.

ITEM 2013.167 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

It Starts with a WhisperShelley Niro, Anna Gronau

Honey MoccasinShelley Niro

The Shirt


Kissed by Lightning

Overweight with Crooked Teeth