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Children's Nonfiction Performing Arts

Indigenous Filmmakers & Actors

by (author) Gary Robinson

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
May 2021
Performing Arts, Native American, Native Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 8
  • Reading age: 8 to 14


In these entertaining profiles, twelve Indigenous actors and filmmakers tell stories of the hard work and struggle that went into their careers. Overcoming prejudice and stereotypes in the film industry, fighting to make and promote films that demonstrate an honest portrayal of Indigenous life and heritage. Their stories show how there’s more to filmmaking than acting and directing, including writing, producing, editing, designing, and special effects. Their accomplishments include acting in major blockbuster films and TV shows, directing prize winning documentaries, running film programs, and starting a film festival to promote Indigenous voices. These twelve have stood on the shoulders of the Indigenous filmmakers who came before them, and are working to open doors for the next generation. They encourage young people to pursue their dream, and that their stories and ideas are valuable. Includes Tantoo Cardinal, Alanis Obomsawin, and Doreen Manuel.

About the author

Award-winning writer and filmmaker Gary Robinson (Choctaw/Cherokee) has participated in the production of dozens of Native American educational, informational, and documentary television projects and worked to create Native American content most of his adult life. He is the author of sixteen books for young people. Gary lives in Santa Ynez, California.


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Editorial Reviews

" uplifting and motivational non-fiction excellent resource for young readers interested in careers in the entertainment industry."

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