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The first of its kind in Canada made by an Indigenous filmmaker, Honey Moccasin is set on the fictional Grand Pine Indian Reservation (aka “Reservation X”), and employs a hybrid pastiche of styles depicting the rivalry between two bars (the Smoking Moccasin and the Inukshuk Cafe), the tale of closeted drag queen/powwow clothing thief Zachery John (Billy Merasty), and the travails of the crusading investigator/storyteller Honey Moccasin (Tantoo Cardinal).


An irreverent parody of familiar narrative strategies, Niro’s film forges an oppositional aesthetic via its reappropriation of the conventions of melodrama, performance art, cable access and the “whodunit” style to investigate notions of authenticity, cultural identity, gender roles and the articulation of contemporary Native North American experience.

  • Year
    1998
  • Runtime
    47 minutes
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Shelley Niro