The Revenant is not an indigenous story


The Revenant is not an indigenous story

Grandiose frontier epic never escapes colonial gaze of western genre

By Jesse Wente, for CBC News Posted: Jan 14, 2016 10:09 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 15, 2016 4:00 PM ET

In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s grandiose frontier epic The Revenant, Vancouver actor Duane Howard stars as Elk Dog. It’s 1823 and the Arikara leader’s daughter has been kidnapped by one of the European fur traders who have come to take as many pelts as their horses can carry out of the harsh winter.

The film opens with Elk Dog’s war party descending on the traders as they flee in their boat, the precious furs safely on board. Elk Dog may have to forge an uneasy bargain with some of these newcomers in order to find his daughter and get his revenge.

With its obvious dedication to authenticity in its period details and use of First Nations languages, The Revenant is well equipped to tell Elk Dog’s story, but it only does that on the periphery.

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