Toronto film festival: Natives beat down 'Hollywood Indian' image
TORONTO, Canada / Province of Ontario (AFP) - Native film-makers are taking back their image and telling their own stories after a century of Hollywood misrepresentations, especially in the Western genre, a Toronto film festival panel heard on Friday.
The trend is attributed to the growing self-confidence and hope of younger generations living in native communities, as well as audiences' desire for authentic stories, say film-makers.
"Our iconography has been peppered through film since the inception of film so we've always associated with film, but have never been truly represented and you're starting to see a shift in that," said film-maker Jeff Barnaby (The Colony), who was born and raised on a Mi'gmaq reserve in Canada's Quebec province.
"We're undoing a century of misrepresentation," he told a panel on native films at the Toronto film festival, where he unveiled his newest film Rhymes For Young Ghouls, starring Nova Scotia Mi'gmaq actor Glen Gould.