Humanities Center

University Film Series

Monday Nov. 8 at 6:00PM

Powwow Highway

(USA, 1989) 87 minutes. Directed by Jonathan Wacks.   

Introduced by Dr. Nathaniel Heggins Bryant (English).

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Join us in our remote, Zoom viewing of Jonathan Wacks comedic buddy- and road movie Powwow Highway, based on Native novelist David Seals’ 1979 novel. The film follows activist Buddy Red Bow and his friend Philbert Bono as they travel the American West from Montana to Sante Fe, New Mexico to save Buddy’s estranged sister from an unjust imprisonment. The third member of the film is Philbert’s rusty rez car and war pony, a beat up, 1964 Buick Wildcat nicknamed Protector. Produced in part by former Beatle George Harrison and filmed on location throughout the west, including the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and Pine Ridge, the film tempers serious social awareness of issues faced by indigenous people with a healthy dose of humor. It also introduced important Native actors Wes Studi and Graham Greene in small cameo roles.

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This film would be of particular interest to those studying or working in Native American film and humor; comedy; cultural studies; and American West studies; car culture and the road film; and environmental activism.

This event is generously sponsored the Humanities Center and is also in support of this year’s Book in Common, Tommy Orange’s novel There There

Art and Social Change

With the 2020-21 theme, Art and Social Change, the Humanities Center seeks to inspire discussion about the ways that art can help us understand the past, engage with current social concerns, and envision the future. Events will highlight interdisciplinary humanities research and creative activity on the impact of the arts on society, locally and internationally. Focusing on intersectional issues of social justice, including systemic racism, sexism, and economic disparity, we will engage scholars, students, and the community in conversation on how art reflects and provokes social change.