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dc.contributor.authorLucas, Annaen
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-07T16:25:20Z
dc.date.available2014-01-07T16:25:20Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationLucas, A. (2008) Little White Feather and the Hunter, Cambridge, Commissions Easten
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/9518
dc.descriptionDocumentary film about Native American Princess Pocahontas, set in Essex UK and Virginia USAen
dc.description.abstractLittle White Feather and the Hunter is a 40min, colour, stereo video and book, conceived, filmed and edited by artist Anna Lucas. Commissioned by Commissions East with Essex County Council, funded by Arts Council England for ‘Jamestown 400’ anniversary of the first English settlement in North America. Following UK screenings, further dissemination came from an exhibition/residency at Arlington Arts Centre, USA (2009).# "# The research investigates how the historical representation of indigenous and colonial narratives through fact and fiction inform current representations of knowledge and identity.# # Using her camera as research tool Lucas gathered audio-visual material from archaeological sites, museums, Native American reservations, and estuary landscapes in Virginia (USA) and Essex (UK) to re-interpret the story of Native American Princess Pocahontas.# Contextual research drew on mainstream media, including web, broadcast (Addams Family), Disney animation, cinema (The New World, Terence Malick) alongside historic engravings, written and oral accounts. Depictions of hunting as food source, trophy, ritualized event and leisure pursuit raise comparisons between contemporary and historic use of land, and became a metaphorical theme as the work developed.# "# The film challenges conventional documentary form through extended cinematic static location shots juxtaposed with its unusual soundtrack in which diverse opinions from tribal leaders, historians, re-enactors and ancestors are heard without exposing their authority or identity. The soundtrack also features existing sea shanties, hymns and commissioned folksongs sung by Dani Siciliano (USA) and Mara Carlyle (UK). The representation of Native American cultures and the impact of colonialism carried greater significance for American audiences.# "# Significantly in her publication essay ‘Failures of Fact and Fiction’, Lisa Lefeuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds observes ‘the film makes no claims for truth – rather it presents an analysis of the ways that fact and fiction form belief systems and a means for understanding the place of individuals in the world’.# "# This work led to Uncommon (16mm 2012), an observation of three male hunters in rural Dorset, commissioned by Anna Best for Roads for the Future with artists Judith Dean and Adam Chodzko, included in Lux programme at internationally renowned Oberhausen Film Festival 2013.#en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherCommissions Easten
dc.subjectPocahontasen
dc.subjectMatoakaen
dc.subjectVirginiaen
dc.subjectFirst Nationsen
dc.subjectEarly Settlersen
dc.subject1608en
dc.subjectRappahanocken
dc.subjectCustalowen
dc.subjectPamunkeyen
dc.subjectHarwichen
dc.subjectGravesenden
dc.subjectEssex County Councilen
dc.subjectCommisssions Easten
dc.subjectJohn Rolfeen
dc.subjectHarwich Shanty Festivalen
dc.subjectPocahontas Timesen
dc.subjectDani Sicilianoen
dc.subjectDani Sicilianoen
dc.subjectMara Carlyleen
dc.subjectBob Watsonen
dc.subjectDennis Oldingen
dc.subjectMattaponien
dc.subjectArlington Arts Centeren
dc.subjectParadox Nowen
dc.subjectVirginia Museum of Fine Arten
dc.subjectMelissa Gronlunden
dc.titleLittle White Feather and the Hunter2en
dc.typeVideoen
dc.funderEssex County Council, Commissions Easten
dc.projectidLittle White Feather and the Hunteren
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Art and Designen


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