Honey Moccasin

Director: Shelley Niro
USA / 1998 / 47 min

Available Oct 27 - Nov 9

Canadian Indigenous filmmaker Niro employs a mind-boggling range of different stylistic approaches—reference points include public access television, detective fiction, soap opera, and performance art—in her resourceful, charming, and irreverent pastiche Honey Moccasin, depicting strange stories from the fictitious Grand Pine Indian Reservation—also known as Reservation X. Tantoo Cardinal, in the title role, is a café owner, storyteller, and singer who turns amateur sleuth, trying to find out who is stealing women’s pow-wow jingle dresses. Much absurdity occurs along the way, but the first Canadian independent film directed, written by, and starring Natives also has something very serious to say about First Nations self-governance.