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Oct 31, 2023
Indigenous filmmakers melding genre and culture into something fresh, spooky
While growing up in Siksika Nation, Trevor Solway would watch spooky TV shows such as Goosebumps, Tales from the Crypt and Are You Afraid of the Dark? in the evenings, before he and his cousins gathered around the kitchen to hear real-life Blackfoot legends told by their grandparents.
That pairing of culture and genre is the basis for the Calgary-based filmmaker’s APTNlumi series, Tales From The Rez. It combines the comedy-horror anthology format he loved in his youth and scary stories from his community, each updated and embedded with a lesson for younger generations.
“I think this is like a modern continuation of that tradition,” Solway told CBC News. “As Blackfoot filmmakers and storytellers, it’s our responsibility to come up with new stories.”
As Indigenous horror continues to cement itself as a rich subgenre, filmmakers such as Solway are reimagining old family ghost stories for the screen, melding genre and culture into something fresh, but still familiar to those who grew up with these stories and characters.