Winter 2010: Seminar at Tromsø International Film Festival

Inside Out and Outside In – Indigenous Images in Film

Inside Out and Outside In – Indigenous Images in Film

2nd meeting in Tromsø, January 2010, was successful and has been completed in accordance with the plans. 4 North-American faculty members attended. All are involved in writing the anthology and the curriculum development. They gave guest lectures at different departments at UiT (Visual Cultural Studies, Health care, Humanities and social sciences).

The planned seminar in cooperation with the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) was organised and well received. The seminar had the title “Inside Out and Outside In. Indigenous Images in Film” The project workshop focused on developing the anthology further. The pairing of researchers from UiT and UMT has started and so has the
negotiations with the North-American publisher.

The image of indigenous peoples in film has been a controversial journey of changing stereotypes – from “the noble savage”, through “Cowboys and Indians”, to the politically enlightened urban Sami. The way one is presented in film, pictures and museums has influence on peoples’ self-perception as well as the way one is understood by outsiders.

Short films from Sápmi and Montana, and a piece from the film Lapp Hat opened the seminar. The panel consisted of:

  • Alanis Obomsawin, First Nations filmmaker with special screenings at TIFF, Canada
  • Guro Saniola Bjerk, director of the film Lapp Hat, with premiere screening at TIFF
  • Kathryn Shanley, dr. at Native American Studies, University of Montana
  • Bob Boyer, Native American filmmaker with screening at the seminar, Montana
  • Ann-Irene Buljo, chairwoman of the board at the Sami Film Festival
  • Anne Lajla Utsi, director, International Sami Film Centre
  • Trond Waage, dr. at Visual Cultural Studies, University of Tromsø
  • Jorun Bræck Ramstad, dr. at Social Anthropology, University of Tromsø
  • Bjørg Evjen, dr. at Centre for Sami Studies, University of Tromsø

Chair: Gry Paulgaard, dr. at Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, University of Tromsø

The seminar was a collaboration between the Centre for Sami Studies at the University of Tromsø, Native American Studies at the University of Montana, Tromsø International Film Festival, Riddu Riđđu, The National Film Board of Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Norway.

Seminar coordinator: Gry E. Mortensen