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The Queerness of Native American Literature$
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Lisa Tatonetti

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692781

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692781.001.0001

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Forced to Choose

Forced to Choose

Queer Indigeneity in Film

(p.119) Chapter 4 Forced to Choose
The Queerness of Native American Literature

Lisa Tatonetti

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter assesses the images that have been used to depict queer Native people in contemporary narrative film. Contemporary narrative film, which offers the most widely viewed representations of queer Native people, often reenacts fragmenting visions of the erotic. Films like Big Eden, Johnny Greyeyes, and The Business of Fancydancing replicate the legacies of settler colonialism in their depictions of Two-Spirit Native people, leaving queer Indigenous people with an untenable choice in which they are “forced to choose.” They must either embrace family and nation in the silence of desire, or embrace sexuality at the expense of tribal and familial alliances.

Keywords:   queer Native people, contemporary narrative film, erotic, Big Eden, Johnny Greyeyes, The Business of Fancydancing, settler colonialism, Two-Spirit Native people

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