A Tribe Called Red: Powwow Step and social commentary for the masses

In A Tribe Called Red, Electric Powwow, Native music, Northern Cree, Powwow Step, reappropriating, reclaiming, reimagining by Adrienne K.8 Comments

Something super exciting happened at midnight last night. So exciting, in fact, that I just had to share it with all of you. I don’t know about you, but my weekdays pretty much start out this way: Get up, head to my office, sit down at my computer, open A Tribe Called Red’s soundcloud page, and thenĀ proceed with my day. …

Have you had your identity stolen? Great cartoon from Last Real Indians

In cultural appropriation, hipster repellent, last real indians by Adrienne K.8 Comments

Just a quick post for today–I thought this image from LastRealIndians.com was great. The “hipster repellent” is definitely my favorite part. Also check out their site for some great critical essays about Native issues. Are you following any interesting or important Native stories this week? Feel free to post in the comments! Last Real Indians: Anti-Appropriation Cartoon

Why Tonto Matters

In Hollywood stereotypes, Johnny Depp, Lone Ranger, stereotypes, Tonto by Adrienne K.51 Comments

It’s been a week or so since the original photos of Johnny Depp as Tonto have surfaced, and the internet has been abuzz with Depp defenders and Depp defectors–and while the Native Appropriations community and my internet circle have been on the “oh dang, this is real bad for us” train, I’ve been surprised at how many people have basically …

Johnny Depp as Cultural Appropriation Jack Sparrow…I mean Tonto.

In cultural appropriation, Hollywood stereotypes, Johnny Depp, Lone Ranger, put a bird on it, Tonto by Adrienne K.108 Comments

Entertainment Weekly just posted the “first look” of Johnny Depp as Tonto in the new Lone Ranger movie. I’m really at a loss for words right now. I…can’t. There was a bunch of controversy over the casting of Johnny Depp to begin with–and I was right on board, mad that they hadn’t cast a Native actor in the role. The …

Update on ANTM: Mariah’s gone, but Nigel might have learned something

In ANTM, Mariah Watchman, Microaggressions, Nigel Barker, twitter by Adrienne K.10 Comments

Mariah Watchman got voted off American’s Next Top Model last night. Sadface, right? We didn’t even have a chance to see how many racial microaggressions she would have to endure over the course of the season! I haven’t watched the episode, but Indian Country Today did a quick recap here, if you’re interested. But I have something more interesting to …

Ishi: the Last of the Yahi: A UC Berkeley Production that Perpetuates Gross Violences Against Native Peoples

In Guest Posts, Ishi Last of the Yahi, Manifest Destiny, stereotypes, Theater, Tria Andrews, violences against Native Peoples by Adrienne K.18 Comments

(Program and ticket from the play “Ishi: The Last of the Yahi. Above the ticket, notice the word “Squaw.” Also, note the pins thrust into Ishi’s body as if he were in an insect collection.) AK Note: Please welcome guest blogger Tria Andrews. Tria is a mixed race Cherokee, Irish, and Filipina writer who has published critical essays, fiction, poetry, …

Thunderbird Energetica: When good intentions go wrong

In cultural appropriation, intentionality, naming, stereotyping, sweat lodge, Thunderbird Energetica by Adrienne K.38 Comments

I almost feel a little bad writing this post. Because in doing so, I know everything I’m saying is going to come as a big shock to the owners of this company. I know that they think their intentions are pure and their heart is in the right place, and that they think through their own brand of hipster hippy …

Oh ANTM, where do I even start?: Mariah Watchman and the Pocahontas controversy

In Americas Next Top Model, ANTM, Mariah Watchman, pocahontas, stereotypes by Adrienne K.60 Comments

This is not a post hating on Mariah Watchman, America’s Next Top Model’s very first Native contestant. At all. I’m so excited she’s on the show, and proud that she’s representing for all of Indian Country. Mariah is from the Umatilla rez in Oregon, but is also Ojibwe, Modoc, and Mandan, and seems pretty down-to-earth and awesome. This is much …