This theme focuses on the ways in which Aboriginal peoples have been represented in NFB documentaries. Film excerpts illustrate how the representation of Aboriginal peoples has evolved over the last fifty years.


Healing with Humour From Tonto to Tootoosis, the depiction of Aboriginal people has run the gambit. In early days non-Native actors were costumed and made up, and various tribal groups were portrayed as cultural oddities. Students will investigate how the media has played a part in shaping Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perceptions of one another.

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