Representing Historical Culture on the Big and Small Screen: Success and Challenges from the Algonquian Chesapeake
Author(s): Buck Woodard
This is an abstract from the "From Tomb Raider to Indiana Jones: Pitfalls and Potential Promise of Archaeology in Pop Culture" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
In what ways can archaeology and historical anthropology contribute to popular media representations of the past, and what responsibility do consultants have to ensure accurate portrayals of the peoples and cultures they study? For projects that combine dramatic performance, scholars and indigenous descendant communities, the drive for "authenticity" is often conjoined and conflicted with artistic license, romanticism and contemporary politics of representation. Television and film work that wish to access "real" Native people and culture must often contend with the impacts of colonialism, issues of narrative ownership and the negotiation of cultural authority. The outcome of civic engagement and collaboration can however, produce notable results that satisfy multiple stakeholders.
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Representing Historical Culture on the Big and Small Screen: Success and Challenges from the Algonquian Chesapeake. Buck Woodard. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450395)
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