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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.

The Covered Wagon

Since readers seemed to enjoy Bill Haley's "Candy and Women," we now add another of his pre-rock'n'roll songs, which qualifies--by a couple of lines on Native Americans, and a general reckless disregard for human and animal life--for our category of pre-PC weirdness.

"Pappy wound up with four deuces, and the squaw with six papooses."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 29, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: History, Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940's, Native Americans

Long Lance

I'm trespassing on Alex's territory here, with an hour-length documentary on what was once a famous hoax.

Here's the story in a nutshell.

The Revenge of the Ojibwe


Every Christmas, a friend sends me a package of foodstuffs from the Native Harvest website, run by the Ojibwe tribe. It's all wonderful goodies, and today I broke out the Maple Butter for toast.

That's when I noticed the native name given for the product: "Anishinaabe Doodooshaaboo-bimide."

Yeah, right. You just know this is a joke the Native Americans are playing on us politically correct and guilty invaders, trying to get us to pronounce a bunch of doo-wop lyrics and sound like Frankie Valli.

But it does taste great!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 22, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, Languages, Native Americans

Follies of the Mad Men #56


[Upper image from Look magazine for June 20 1961. Lower image from Look magazine for April 24 1962.]

A special "two-fer" installment of the Follies thread. Two splendid representations of our friends, the Native Americans, from within the lifetimes of many WU readers.

They hate cheap cigars, but are experts in premium house paints.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 16, 2009 | Comments (13)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940's, Native Americans
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