In the land of the Headhunters

Saturday 10 June 2017,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £3
Members/Concessions £2

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Edward S Curtis was a pioneering, if controversial, photographer of Native American life. In the land of the Headhunters, his innovative and unique silent film from 1914, was entirely cast from the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. It has now been beautifully restored and includes the original score.

It retells an ancient legend of the Kwakwaka’wakw. To gain power from the spirit forces, Motana, the son of a great chief, goes on a vigil journey. Along the way he fights a sorcerer to win the girl of his dreams.

The film will be preceded by the short film Potlatch: to give by Kwakwaka’wakw filmmaker Barb Cranmer, and followed by a Q&A with Kwakwaka’wakw artist Sierra Tansi Baker, and British Museum Curator Jack Davy.

In association with Border Crossings' Origins Festival. Find out more at

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In the land of the Headhunters. Courtsey of Milestone Film.