Ten canoes : engaging difference

McCredden, Lyn 2012, Ten canoes : engaging difference, Studies in Australasian cinema, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 45-56.

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Title Ten canoes : engaging difference
Author(s) McCredden, Lyn
Journal name Studies in Australasian cinema
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 45
End page 56
Total pages 12
Publisher Intellect Ltd.
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2012-10
ISSN 1750-3175
1750-3183
Keyword(s) ten canoes
cinema studies
Australian
Summary In a reading of the Rolf de Heer film Ten Canoes this article explores the pervasive, contemporary challenge of culture difference and its representation. Focusing on notions of sacredness, as one node of extreme difference, the article argues that older formulations of sacredness which bifurcated spirit and flesh are now being replaced by more holistic understandings. As western film audiences engage with representations of difference in Indigenous cultures, a set of questions are raised: what is the nature of real dialogue between different cultures? Can such dialogues move beyond mute recording, or silent respect, or automatic celebration? Can they enter a new space of dialectical relationship in which different cultural perspectives can be fully investigated, without making the other culture a static, or oversimplified or iconic abstraction?
Language eng
Field of Research 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature
200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049467

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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