Smoke Signals: Native Cinema Rising

Smoke Signals: Native Cinema Rising
Joanna Hearne
University of Nebraska Press
2012

Embedded in Smoke Signals’s universal story of familial loss and renewal are uniquely Indigenous perspectives about political sovereignty, Hollywood’s long history of misrepresentation, and the rise of Indigenous cinema across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Joanna Hearne’s work foregrounds the voices of the filmmakers and performers in interviews – with Alexie and director Chris Eyre, among others – to explore the film’s audiovisual and narrative strategies for speaking to multiple audiences.