Re-imagining Nature and American Indian Identity in Film


  • Ulrike Wiethaus Wake Forest University



American Indian nationhood, American Indian spirituality, indigeneity, boarding schools, sovereignty, llm theory, settler societies


Whether in terms of aesthetics, production, or consumption, llm is a preeminent art form of modernity. American Indian and other Indigenous peoples have played a pivotal role in its development. In US llms with American Indian themes, the constellation of nature and religion is saturated with political meaning: white settlers delne their identity through the conquest of a presumably untamed and sparsely populated wilderness paradise, whereas Indigenous efforts aim at portraying nature as rightful homeland and the site of contested colonial invasion. New llms about the era of boarding schools accentuate the clash of culture and religion and the portrayal of nature as a zone of historical encounter.

Author Biography

Ulrike Wiethaus, Wake Forest University

Department of Religion and American Ethnic Studies Program, Professor.



How to Cite

Wiethaus, U. (2016). Re-imagining Nature and American Indian Identity in Film. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 10(2), 189–207.