In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast. An epic melodrama of love and war featuring the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S. Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life. Filmed during the Potlatch Prohibition, Head Hunters is a fiction, not a documentary; it offers a stunning visual spectacle interweaving Kwakwaka‘wakw traditions banned by the Canadian government with a Hollywood-inspired plot. This newly restored version of the film also features the original 1914 orchestral score. For more information, see http://www.curtisfilm.rutgers.edu; and also the MLA Special Session #200, Friday at 8:30 AM.
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LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American forum executive committee:
Paula M. L. Moya, Jan. 2016
Mark Goble, Jan. 2017 (2015–Jan. 2016 Ch.)
Amy Hungerford, Jan. 2018 (2015–Jan. 2016 Sec.)
Heather Houser, Jan. 2019
Joseph Jeon, Jan. 2020