Cheyenne Jenkins

Redface (2016)




Bad Nudes Magazine 1.1:

The public’s perception of Indigenous people has been shaped by Westerns. There are many misconceptions when it comes to First Nations and the way they are identified; portrayals of Native people are primitive, violent, devious and submissive. Stereotypes stem from inaccurate portrayals in popular culture, and historical information that was never challenged, making public perception of them limited. Media sensationalizes marginalized communities voyeuristically, as well as movies, TV, and even in sports. These stereotypes are even being pushed on children though Disney, as seen in movies such as Pocahontas. Although a general climate of “political correctness” has aired lately, subtle aspects of Indigenous Stereotyping still remains.

“Redface” addresses several preconceived notions about Indigenous peoples that are supported by popular culture and rooted within the public’s social conscious.