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Native Americans

January 3, 2016

The Huntress

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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 - Sun Jan 03, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1920's, Native Americans,

October 29, 2015

Sleepy Eye, MN

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Wikipedia page here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 29, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Geography and Maps, Odd Names, Regionalism, North America, Native Americans,

June 16, 2015

Chief Os-ko-mon, Broadway Star

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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?

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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 - Tue Jun 16, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: 1920's, Actors, Native Americans,

May 30, 2015

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 - Sat May 30, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Regionalism, Dance, Native Americans,

February 1, 2015

Tanya Tagaq



Her Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 01, 2015 - Comments (12)
Category: Music, Avant Garde, Native Americans,

December 29, 2014

The Angel of Hadley

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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.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 29, 2014 - Comments (1)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Myths and Fairytales, Historical Figure, Europe, North America, Nineteenth Century, Seventeenth Century, Native Americans,

March 15, 2014

November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

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

Have a swell holiday!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 27, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Holidays, Native Americans,

November 29, 2012

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 - Thu Nov 29, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Religion, Dance, Native Americans,

November 13, 2012

Noah’s Ark Found—in Alaska!

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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.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 13, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Regionalism, Religion, Unsolved Mysteries, Myths and Fairytales, 1900's, North America, Native Americans,

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