CES 121 Native Americans & Film • 5 Cr.


Provides an historic and contemporary perspective on the representations of Native Americans in cinema. Explores the invention of Natives in Hollywood and the creation of a Native aesthetic. Same as SOC 121. Either CES 121 or SOC 121 may be taken for credit, not both. Recommended: ENGL& 101. Previously ETHN 121.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge and comprehension of how the experience of the Indigenous Peoples of North America is reflected through the dominant and subversive cinematic lens, including images of Native people living in the urban and rural centers and reservations/rancherias and Indians of mixed-blood. Critically demonstrate, through weekly writing, their comprehension of some of the basic tools of "reading film". Demonstrate a general understanding of Indigenous cinematic activism. Demonstrate a general understanding of the field of Native American/Indigenous Studies, its history and its future, including the understanding of a global approach to the concept of Indigeneity.