Dr. Stewart publishes article on media representations of residential schools
Dr. Tyson Stewart, assistant professor of Indigenous Studies, has published an article in the prestigious Indigenous Studies journal AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.
The article explores an important facet of the New Wave of Indigenous filmmaking in Canada: residential school system history and imagery, its place in the historical archive, and the way it is being retold and reclaimed in films like Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), Savage (2009), Sisters & Brothers (2015), Indian Horse (2017), and The Grizzlies (2018).
In the article, Stewart asks questions about the ethics involved in reproducing archival photographs of children in Indian residential schools in popular media, such as films and news articles. Is there a risk of producing pan-Indigenous readings, or worse, repeating the original propagandistic intentions of the original residential school photographs when they are used in new media?
To read this open access article on Indigenous representation in the media, please click here.