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From Reel to Real Indians

Wednesday, November 20, 6:00pm9:00pm
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Reel Injun movie posterThe Virginia Museum of History & Culture presents a screening of the award-winning film Reel Injun (2009, 88 minutes) by Cree-Canadian filmmaker Neil Diamond. Reel Injun is an entertaining and provocative look at a century-worth of Hollywood depictions of Native Americans and the misconceptions and stereotypes that a century of filmmaking has fostered.

The screening will be preceded by a discussion among representatives of several Virginia Indian tribes, including Chief Lynette Allston (Nottoway Indian Tribe), Chief Anne Richardson (Rappahannock Tribe), First Assistant Chief Wayne Adkins (Chickahominy Tribe), and Dr. Ashley Atkins-Spivey (Director at Pamunkey Indian Tribal Resource Center). The panel will explore how, as groups and individuals, Virginia Indians have been able to maintain their identity into the 21st century—despite numerous efforts to eradicate it—and the successes and challenges encountered by each generation of Virginia Indians to continue their cultural heritage. 

This program is presented in conjunction with the Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival.


  • $5 VMHC members/$10 non-members. Tickets are limited, so pre-registration is highly recommended.

  • Free to Pocahontas Reframed VIP Passholders. PRFF VIP Passholders will not need to pre-register, but will be admitted at the door by showing their pass.


The program is cosponsored by the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.

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