Reel Injun, real reviews

Even the director’s name hits the right note with this documentary about  Hollywood stereotypes. Yep… Neil Diamond. I think I might have met this James Bay Cree director at the Moose Hotel in Val D’Or around closing time. But that’s another story for another time. This one is about how Hollywood first exploited stereotypes about […]

Language Goes to Camp

It’s with great interest that I came across the release of Culture Camps for Language Learning: An Immersion Handbook, produced by the BC-based First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council. In my experience, culture camps like these present great opportunities for language learning. In July 2004, I participated in a week-long Cree immersion camp in Sturgeon Lake […]

Cowboys and Indians in Space? Assessing Avatar

While I must be one of the only people in the world yet to see James Cameron’s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar, I have noted with interest the continuous volley of criticism and praise for the film, especially among indigenous people. (For those who’ve been living under an unobtainium rock, Avatar is the story of a cultural […]