Cultural Interactions of Montagnais Indians and Media Interaction

Paper 1: Le Jeune, Nadasdy, Basso, and Scollon & Scollon Objective: Deepen your own interpretation of a complex body of cultural material, connect it with the findings of anthropological researchers in cultures that are related, and apply what you have learned in improving intercultural interactions and the way the culture is depicted in media. Scenario: A famous filmmaker (think: Werner Herzog) hires you to be the lead anthropological consultant to a film.

Your job has two parts: (1) advising the director, scriptwriters, and actors on how to insightfully portray Montagnais Indians and their culture, and (2) advising the producers and crew on interacting with representatives of contemporary Innu (Montagnais) communities in a series of planned consultations. Assignment: You are to write a report that summarizes your advice on these two matters in the form of a concise businesslike letter, about 5 pages long, double-spaced, in 12 pt. Times or similar font, addressed to the filmmaking staff (the director, producers, scriptwriters, designers, actors, and crew).

Sources: Your sources for this paper are Paul Le Jeune’s letter and the excerpts by Paul Nadasdy, Keith Basso, and Suzanne & Ron Scollon. What you write should show your thorough knowledge and deep understanding of these texts. Each of the readings describes a different Indian community but for the purpose of this assignment you may assume they are very similar. (The Montagnais, the Kluane, and the Western Apache all speak languages of the Athabaskan Language Family.) Please insert a page reference following any quotation. References to course readings may be highly abbreviated (e.g., “Le Jeune, p. 35”). Or, if it’s clear which text you are citing, you can simply put the page number of a quotation in parentheses. This information can follow any standard format such as MLA or anthropological style parenthetical citations in the body of the text in the format “([author] [date]: [pages])”, for example: “[Franz Boas] understood… that the eye that sees is not a mere physical organ but a means of perception conditioned by the tradition in which its possessor had been reared” (Benedict 1943: 60).

For the The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents Volume 6 reading, just read chapter 13.