About the Initiative
DER’s Indigenous Studies Film Initiative is a commitment to decolonize and indigenize the DER film collection and improve access to our catalogue for Indigenous audiences through the creation of an interactive map, application of reparative language to subject categories, and outreach and collaboration with communities depicted in our collection.
Interactive Film Map
Browse films and culture groups by a clickable map
Indigenous Studies Subject Categories
Browse our film collection by subject categories
Why is it important to know whose land we live on? Indigenous history is our shared history, and by learning the cultures and histories of Indigenous Peoples we honor those histories and counter the narratives of discovery and colonial power. Acknowledgement by itself is a small gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationship and informed action.
- On-Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts, and Stories
- Pathways and Protocols: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Working with Indigenous People, Culture and Concepts
- Protocols for Native American Archival Materials
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Open To Collaborate
DER is committed to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership with Indigenous peoples for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections.
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This project is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.