Category:
Native Americans

Pass That Peace Pipe



"Why can't we all just get along?"

"Pass that peace pipe, bury that tomahawk/Like those Chichamecks, Cherokees,/Chapultepec's do..."

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 17, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940s, Native Americans

President Naa Hoo Woo of the USA



What a blatant instance of cultural appropriation!



Original foto here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 26, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Politics, Officials, 1970s, Native Americans

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, 1920s, Native Americans

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

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: 1920s, 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 - Sat May 30, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Regionalism, Dance, Native Americans

Tanya Tagaq



Her Wikipedia page.

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

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

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