Adam Beach thinks it is time Native people in Hollywood redefine the way that they are represented onscreen. Speaking on campus for the Gail Appel Lectureship in Literature and Fine Arts on Oct. 2, the actor known for Flags of Our Fathers, Smoke Signals and Suicide Squad told an audience in Convocation Hall that he intends to be more active in the forthcoming years at “pushing the envelope (and) calling out people for misinterpreting us.”
Beach spent the day speaking with pupils at a series of events hosted by the College of Arts & Science prior to bringing his keynote talk a lecture titled Rewriting the Hollywood Indian.
“During the night lecture, Beach criticized the simplistic or negative depictions of Indigenous individuals featured in several mainstream movies, in addition to the custom of casting non-Indigenous actors to play Indigenous roles. If you want it, we’ll give it to you,” he said.
“Beach argued that the change will ultimately must be pushed by Native artists, not from the Hollywood establishment. We are writing and creating our own projects,” he explained.
“This takes time, but the future of Native filmmaking is prosperous.”
The Gail Appel Lectureship in Literature and Fine Arts has been established in the College of Arts & Science in 2002 by Gail Appel along with her husband Mark. The lecture series invites high-definition musicians, musicians and writers to talk to pupils and the general public on campus.