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APRIL 29, 2021

Storytelling and Horror Through an Indigenous Lens

There are many things that inspire horror and fear, from the physiological response to an audio spur or jump-scare, to cheap tricks like blood and gore, and creepy crawlies that prey on our phobias and instinct, to cosmic horror which relies on mystery and suspense. In this lecture, author and academic Nathan Adler will explore the different approaches to engendering fear and horror in storytelling, specifically with an Indigenous storytelling lens. He’ll discuss perspectives of what constitutes horror, common tropes like the use of Indian Burial Grounds as a plot point, or the token Medicine Man as a Spiritual guide, and the conventions of genre fiction, as well as narrative structures and methodologies.​

Stick around after the lecture to join us for a screening of Jeff Barnaby’s ​Blood Quantum (2019) (via a streaming service near you)!



We welcome donations to support our programming and the guest lecturer! You can contribute at the Universe ticket site linked above, or via https://ko-fi.com/blackmuseumto.


Nathan Adler is the author of Wrist and Ghost Lake (Kegedonce Press), and co-editor of Bawaajigan ~ Stories of Power (Exile Editions). He has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, is a first-place winner of the Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and a recipient of a Hnatyshyn Reveal award for Literature. He is Jewish and Anishinaabe, and a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation.