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The Huntress


I would love to see this 1923 film starring Colleen Moore remade today. A white actress playing a Native American, who is so desperate for a husband she kidnaps a stranger? Uncontroversial box-office gold!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 03, 2016 | Comments (8)
Category: Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1920's, Native Americans

Sleepy Eye, MN



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Wikipedia page here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 29, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Geography and Maps, Odd Names, Regionalism, North America, Native Americans

Chief Os-ko-mon, Broadway Star


Can we really believe that the Broadway producer behind the HITCHY-KOO REVUE really enlisted an actual Native American into his troupe? Or that the Chief later appeared in another variety show?


And yet the noble Chief Os-ko-mon seems to have actually recorded a record or two. And in this essay, he is deemed a member of the Yakima tribe.

I toss out the question of his legitimacy to all WU-vies. Should he not be recorded as an early stalwart of Native American achievements, Broadway-style?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: 1920's, Actors, Native Americans

Muskogee Stomp Dance

The level of ritual fervor seems decidedly low here. Also, lack of vintage garb is rather incongruous. All in all, I suspect, a pale shadow of what once was a vital artform.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 30, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Regionalism, Dance, Native Americans

Tanya Tagaq

Her Wikipedia page.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 01, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Music, Avant Garde, Native Americans

The Angel of Hadley


I had long been aware of the WWI legend of The Angel of Mons, in which a piece of deliberate fiction was accepted as literal truth.

But I was unaware until recently that right in my own backyard, in nearby Hadley, Massachusetts, a similar bit of fiction-as-history existed, the Angel of Hadley, the account of how a mysterious elderly warrior saved settlers from the Indians.

Another good piece on the subject here.

Happy Thanksgiving


The tables are turned, as carnivorous turkeys get ready to chow down on an Indian child.

Have a swell holiday!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 27, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Holidays, Native Americans

Rain Dance

Everybody wang chung tonight! Er, I mean, everybody rain dance! What moves! I'm sure all Native Americans are proud of this interpretation of their sacred rituals.

I love the fact that they got Darth Vader to do the spoke-word intro.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 29, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Religion, Dance, Native Americans

Noah’s Ark Found—in Alaska!


The supposed remnants of Noah's ark have been "discovered" in a wide range of places.

But this 1902 discovery in Rampart, Alaska, on the Porcupine River, seems totally forgotten now.

I wonder if a followup expedition ever was mounted...?

Original article here.
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