Joanna Hearne

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Research and teaching areas:
digital storytelling, film studies, Native American and global Indigenous studies, folklore

Joanna Hearne directs the Digital Storytelling B.A.Program and teaches courses in Indigenous studies, film studies, and digital storytelling. She has published articles on Native American and global Indigenous film and media, digital media, animation, Westerns, documentary film history, and early cinema.  Her books are Native Recognition: Indigenous Cinema and the Western (SUNY Press, 2012) and Smoke Signals: Native Cinema Rising (University of Nebraska Press, 2012).





PhD 2004, University of Arizona


Selected Publications

  • “Provenance and Visible Evidence in the Activist Documentary: Mighty Times: The Children’s March and The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975.  Visual Communication Quarterly 22 (January-March 2015): 29-33.

  • “'This Is Our Playground': Skateboarding, DIY Aesthetics, and Apache Sovereignty in Dustinn Craig’s 4wheelwarpony” and “'Just by Doing It, We Made It Appear': Dustinn Craig on We Shall Remain: Geronimo, 4wheelwarpony, and the Apache Scouts Project.”  Western American Literature 49.1 (2014): 47-88.
  • Indigenous Media.  Co-authored with Pamela Wilson, Amalia Cordova, and Sabra Thornton. Oxford Bibliographies Online.  Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • "'Indians Watching Indians on TV': Native Spectatorship and the Politics of Recognition in Skins and Smoke Signals." Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art. Ed. Denise K. Cummings. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2011.  41-72. [PDF]
  • "Indigenous Animation: Educational Programming, Narrative Interventions, and Children's Cultures." Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Poetics, and Politics. Eds. Pamela Wilson and Michelle Stewart. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2008. 89-108. [PDF]
  • "Telling and Retelling in the 'Ink of Light': Documentary Cinema, Oral Narratives, and Indigenous Identities." Screen 47:3 (Autumn 2006): 307-326. [PDF]
  • "'John Wayne's Teeth': Speech, Sound and Representation in Smoke Signals and Imagining Indians." Western Folklore 64:3&4 ("Folklore and Film" special issue, Summer and Fall 2005): 189-208.
  • "House Made of Dawn: Restoring Native Voices in Cinema." Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, Film and Video Center. Native Networks / Redes Indigenas. 2005.
  • "The 'Ache for Home': Assimilation and Separatism in Anthony Mann's Devil's Doorway (1950)." Hollywood's Wests: The American Frontier in Film, Television, and History. Eds. Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005. 126-159. [PDF]
  • "'The Cross-Heart People: Race and Inheritance in the Silent Western" Journal of Popular Film and Television 30:4 (Winter 2003): 181-196.


  • Introduction to Digital Storytelling
  • Digital Indigenous Studies
  • Global Indigenous Media
  • Native American Film and Video 
  • History and Theory of Animation
  • Film Theory
  • The Western  
  • Documentary Film History 
  • Ethnographic Documentary
  • Vampires in Literature and Film
  • American Film History I: beginnings to 1950 
  • American Film History II: 1950 to the present 
  • Introduction to Film Analysis 
  • Professional Writing Seminar
  • Professional Studies: The Job Workshop

Selected Awards

  • Don D. Walker Prize for best essay published in 2014, Western Literature Association
  • College of Arts and Science Faculty Fellow, University of Missouri, 2014
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend Award, 2014
  • William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Missouri, 2012