Real NDNZ Re-Take Hollywood

Real NDNZ Re-Take Hollywood, showcases photographs that disrupt and decolonize clichéd portrayals of the “Hollywood Indian.” The series "re-takes," classic portraits of movie stars of yesteryear with contemporary Native American actors in Los Angeles.

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It wasn’t until I left the Navajo Reservation that I understood my purpose as a Navajo storyteller.

Leaving was the beginning, but eventually I came to understand that it wasn’t enough. I needed to go back to school. This may seem obvious, but to me it wasn’t. Higher education was never a value instilled in me—my parents only told me to find a job and not depend on others.

Occidental College – March 24th 2016

I'll be speaking this Thursday at Occidental College addressing the historic U.S. policy of American Indian urban relocation and the visual, narrative imagery of American Indians in mass society - especially in the mecca of media - Hollywood!

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