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Productions of Indigenous Masculinity in a Global Context.

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Courtney Woolsey

on 24 October 2013

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Transcript of Productions of Indigenous Masculinity in a Global Context.

How colonization affected Masculinity
-introduction of machismo as a Eurocentric ideation
-internalized oppression
-family stucture
-emasculation / hypermasculation
Films:
50 First Dates (2005)
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)
Twilight: New Moon (2010)
La Mission (2010)
Production of Indigenous Masculinities in a Global Context
Themes:
-Emasculine or hypermasculine
-Religion / spirituality in relation to masculinity
-Domestic Violence
Emasculation and 50 First Dates
Tells story of Henry, the white male protagonist, and his efforts to romance a woman with short term memory loss. Ula, the main Native Hawaiian character, is Henry's sidekick throughout the film.
Creates powerful settler/colonized dynamic between Henry and Ula
Ula is consistently emasculated and shown to be reliant upon Henry for "manly" knowledge; he is forced to live vicariously through Henry
Anything to do with Hawaiian culture pre-colonization is shown as inferior or primitive, including non-Western views of masculinity
Portrayals of Native masculinity reinforce heteronormative standards brought about through colonization
Emasculation and Hypermasculinity in New Moon

Jacob and the Wolfpack as hypermasculine:
- Primitive masculinity
-Animalistic
-Heteropatriarchal society
-Short tempered, aggressive, and physically violent.
-Sexualization of men of color

Jacob as Emasculine:
-Deemed the lesser mate despite his hypermasculine qualities
-Absence of Quileute people playing Quileute characters
Finding a middle ground: La Mission
Che is a proud traditional masculine Chicano struggling to accept that his son Jesse is gay.
Borderland conciousness
Internalized opression
indigenous and queer identity Challenging hetero-patriachy
Hypermasculinity and Broken Hearted

Narrative follows Jake as he searches for his identity in an urban Maori community through a Native perspective.
Constant cycle of rage and alcholism, violence the only answer to problem
Parallel settings
Hyper masculine characteristics in males, father son roles
Maori Colinization and the gap between Maori and Pakeha (western colonizers)
Education, enployment, social, criminal system
Physical confidence
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
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