(Originally posted on A Tribe Called Geek)
Science Fiction is a genre that blends seamlessly with Native Storytelling. It allows us to imagine the possibilities of what could be and to create fantastical worlds in which our indigenous knowledge and existence can thrive. It’s not surprising that indigenous sci-fi and futurism are rising in popularity, not only within our communities but within the mainstream as well. To celebrate our love of sci-fi and highlight some amazing indigenous filmmakers, we present to you our list of 5 MUST SEE Sci-Fi films.
1. The Path Without End –
Elizabeth LaPensée (Anishinaabe/Métis) tells the Anishinaabe stories of the Moon People though this steampunk inspired animation.
2. The 6th World –
Directed by Diné Filmmaker, Nanobah Becker, The 6th World tells the story of a Navajo Astronaut chosen to pilot a ship being sent to colonize Mars. However, she learns that there may be more to the mission than she understands.
3. Wakening –
Danis Goulet, a Cree/Métis Filmmaker, directs this post-apocalyptic tale of a lone Cree wanderer searching for the terrifying Weetigo in an effort to destroy the military forces that brutalize and rule over the survivors.
4. The Rocket Boy –
Written and Directed by Diné filmmaker, Donavan Seschillie, The Rocket Boy tell the story of a young boy determined to find his father in space by building a rocket ship.
5. Hoverboard –
Sydney Freeland (Diné) tells the story of a young girl and her teddy bear as they try to find a way to travel through time after watching “Back to the Future Part II.”
Johnnie Jae is of the Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw tribes of Oklahoma. She is the managing partner of Native Max Magazine, founder of A Tribe Called Geek, and contributor to Native News Online. She is the manager and producer for the Success Native Style Radio Network, where she hosts the Indigenous Flame and A Tribe Called Geek radio shows. She is also a founding board member of Not Your Mascots. Known as the “Brown Ball of Fury,” Jae seamlessly shifts from humor and pop culture to advocacy and digital media, which has made her a much-sought after speaker and commentator. Her work has been discussed in many media outlets, such as Indian Country Today, ATPN, CBC, USA Today, BBC, Global Post, Women’s E-News, Takepart.com and Upworthy. She has been a guest on several radio shows, including Native America Calling, Native Trailblazers, BBC World Have Your Say and ICI Radio.