Shea Vassar

Shea Vassar is a ᏣᎳᎩ film nerd & huge fan of coffee, cats, and the OKC Thunder.
The Revenant Scalping

‘The Revenant’ and the Dark History of Scalping

By Shea Vassar 

Sure, everyone scalped. But there were those who were compensated for the bloody act and those who have to carry the stereotypical legacy.

The New Mutants Dani Moonstar

“Hey, Standing Rock” and the Anti-Native Harm of ‘The New Mutants’

By Shea Vassar 

The film’s racist dialogue is the result of lazy writing. Still, it minimizes one of the biggest cultural movements for Native Americans in the last few decades.

Elle Maija Tailfeathers Blood Quantum

9 Native Filmmakers You Should Know

By Shea Vassar 

A Native renaissance is in its beginning stages in the film industry.

Black Narcisssus Miniseries Sister Ruth

FX’s ‘Black Narcissus’ Miniseries Fails to Find Relevance in 2020

By Shea Vassar 

Why’d they even bother when the perfectly good 1947 Powell and Pressburger film adaptation exists?

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Chief

Chief’s Dynamic Change in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

By Shea Vassar 

Nurse Ratched and R.P. McMurphy are the more famous characters, but Chief is the most important.

Pet Sematary Indian Burial Ground

Digging Up the Indian Burial Ground Trope

By Shea Vassar 

“An ancient Indian WHAT?” – Homer SImpson

Rhymes For Young Ghouls

‘Rhymes for Young Ghouls’ and the Legacy of Residential Schools

By Shea Vassar 

Tough topics can be educational and empowering when handled appropriately.


The Exploration of the Indigenous Oddity in ‘Trickster’

By Shea Vassar 

Michelle Latimer’s Trickster is here to indigenize your television.

Welcome sign to Wind River

The Harsh Reality Behind ‘Wind River’

By Shea Vassar 

In order to understand ‘Wind River,’ the history and understanding of the modern threat to Native women must be understood first.