Saturday, June 10, 2017 Start time: 1:58 pm


Venue: British Museum

(USA and Canada 1914. Dir: Edward Curtis.  English subtitles.  65 mins)

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. Ithas now been beautifully restored and includes the original score. The film 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.

In association with the British Museum’s exhibition Where the Thunderbird Lives: cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America. 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.

Tickets: £3 (£2 concs)