Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens

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This very readable book is the culmination of Singer’s work as a filmmaker, educator, historian and, most of all, a Native woman engaged with Native media as part of a larger struggle for cultural sovereignty.

Available in paperback only.  Beverly R. Singer (Santa Clara), Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens: Native American Film and Video. 2001, b/w photos.

This very readable book is the culmination of Singer’s work as a filmmaker, educator, historian and, most of all, a Native woman engaged with Native media as part of a larger struggle for cultural sovereignty. Singer’s work is that of a cultural activist—seeing Native filmmaking with Indian people both in front of and behind the camera as a way of healing the devastation—and it is very personal. Here, she traces the history of Native people as subjects, actors and creators, critically reviews a number of Indian-produced films (and introduces one of her own), and challenges the inequities of the dominant society’s film industry.