Kenyon College

First Nations Film Series: Smoke Signals (1998)

December 7, 2019 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Smoke Signals (1998)

Saturday, December 7, 3:00 PM
Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery

A ground-breaking film that helped redefine depictions of Native Americans in popular cinema, Cheyenne/Arapaho film director Chris Eyre’s Smoke Signals is a coming-of-age, buddy-comedy. Based on Spokane/Coeur d’Alene author Sherman Alexie’s short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, the movie follows the journey of Victor and Thomas as they travel to retrieve the ashes of Victor’s father. Along the way, they encounter unforgettable characters, uncover family secrets, and learn to forgive.

First Nations Film Series 

In partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI), this curated series is inspired by themes found in the museum’s fall exhibitions and programs as well as issues important to our campus community. Films selected for this series are meant to underscore the contemporary realities faced by First Nations’ people. We hope the series broadens understanding and challenges assumptions. 

Full Screening Schedule

All films are free and open to the public.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.


Trailer: SMOKE SIGNALS © 1997 enit, Inc.