Wed 1/7, 2015, 7:30pm
Aaron Glass and Barb Cranmer with Feliks Banel
Edward Curtis and ‘The Making of Modern Cinema’

Land of HeadhuntersEdward S. Curtis’ “In the Land of the Head Hunter”sshot in 1914, and based on British Columbia’s indigenous Kwakwaka’wakw communities–is not only a landmark in cinema history, but a true milestone in intercultural relations and the history of the Pacific Northwest. A fictionalized account of the history of BC communities prior to European arrival, it is the first film to star an entirely indigenous cast. Anthropology professor Aaron Glass documents this one-of-a-kind film and its lasting impact in Return to the Land of the Head Hunters. He will appear at Town Hall (in conversation with indigenous BC-based documentary filmmaker Barb Cranmer  and KCTS-9’s Feliks Banel) to explain the vast influence of this long-forgotten gem, discussing its place in the history of colonial representation and its attempt to capture the meeting of two cultures for the first time.

Please note: Seattle Public Library is screening the original “In the Land of the Head Hunters” on January 6 at the Central Library.

Presented by: Town Hall, The Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum, Seattle Public Library, and Elliott Bay Book Company, through the Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Learn more: About the book.

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