Items by Jason Asenap

Not all Indigenous cinema needs to be serious
Not all Indigenous cinema needs to be serious
‘The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw’ is an entertaining tale about a millennial Indigenous woman returning home.
‘Smoke Signals’ was needed, but it doesn’t hold up
‘Smoke Signals’ was needed, but it doesn’t hold up
The seminal film, while important for finally having Native representation, relied on stereotypes.
A Maori filmmaker and the fight for proper Indigenous narratives
A Maori filmmaker and the fight for proper Indigenous narratives
Hepi Mita offers a fascinating look at his mother’s life in ‘Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen.’
No happy ending in ‘The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open’
No happy ending in ‘The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open’
The new film is a character study of two Indigenous women developing a rocky friendship in real time.
Tantoo Cardinal shines in the new film ‘Falls Around Her’
Tantoo Cardinal shines in the new film ‘Falls Around Her’
Darlene Naponse and Tantoo Cardinal team up to create a fascinating study of a First Nations musician who leaves her career behind.
Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday finally gets the film he deserves
Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday finally gets the film he deserves
Jeffrey Palmer gives us a glimpse of the Indigenous literary giant in ‘Words from a Bear.’
The making of a desert surf rock band
The making of a desert surf rock band
Meet the Nizhóní Girls on the road to stardom.
Where the wild things are
Where the wild things are
The new Haida film Sgaawaay K’uuna is as far from Hollywood as can be – and that’s its greatest strength.
How Native filmmakers are restoring cinematic narratives
How Native filmmakers are restoring cinematic narratives
Indigenous film festivals showcase Native stories, but more support is needed to reach mainstream audiences.
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
… without celebrating colonialism’s violence?
A Navajo musician’s quest to spread jazz across the Nation
A Navajo musician’s quest to spread jazz across the Nation
After gaining international fame, Delbert Anderson and his ensemble bring their music home.
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Try as they might, two new films can’t escape old tropes.
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