The cold north wind brings with it chaos and harsh reality when decisions are made by Nezette, who leads members of the Sovereign to rid the west of the intruding Zhaagnaash people by putting flame to oil. Nezette must confront her worst enemy: the temptation of Windigo in herself.
Irishinaabe graphic novel
Class discussion yesterday was excellent--great insights and building off Pinney's and Dippie's ideas and connecting them to the weird narrative flourishes in The Indian Picture Opera. The idea that film disciplines the subject, captures them, and normalizes them on a grid of socially constructed "Indianness" (or indigenousness) that has little or nothing to do with how the subjects understand their own Indianness is an idea we want to keep exploring.
I just came across this graphic novel, a steampunk Anishinaabe (or Ojibwe) story, by the writer Beth A. Dillon (who is, like myself, of Irish and Anishinaabe heritage, and so I learned in her author bio that we may be called Irishinaabe). You can read it online and it's a smart, brief piece of work called The West was Lost. It is set in the era of the Curtis photographs and offers a completely different take on Indians than Curtis's, but do the images escape the disciplining lens we've been discussing? Click and comment if you have any thoughts...
Here's the synopsis of the story on the website:
And here's the link to the story: http://www.zeros2heroes.com/property/the-west-was-lost