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Cinematic Representation of American Indians: A Critical Cultural Analysis of a Contemporary American Indian-Directed Film

Abstract Using Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Tribal Critical Race Theory (TribCrit) as a theoretical framework, this dissertation analyzes a contemporary cinematic film directed by an American Indian filmmaker about American Indians and answers the question of whether the visual texts are unmasking, critiquing, confronting, and/or reinforcing reductive and stereotypical images of American Indians. Using Critical Thematic Analysis as a process, this dissertation interrogates Drunktown’s Finest (2014) to understand ways a contemporary American Indian filmmaker engages in counterstorying as a sovereignist action and simultaneously investigates ways the visual narrative and imagery in the film contributes to the reinforcement of hegemonic representatio... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Shchedrov, Dawna R. (Author) / Sandlin, Jennifer (Advisor) / Blue Swadener, Beth (Advisor) / Brayboy, Bryan (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Native American studies / Film studies / american indian film / critical race theory / film analysis / Native American / representation / tribal critical race theory
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 154 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Curriculum and Instruction 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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