North American Indians: a step by step guide to "playing Indian"

In American Indian, books, children's literature, Navajo, playing indian, scholastic, sioux, tlingit by Adrienne K.7 Comments

My friend Katie is currently in her first year of teaching 4th grade on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota (go Katie!), and she sent me a scanned copy of this ridiculous book that was in her classroom library. I’ll let her give the context: “I finally started going through my classroom’s library and was pretty appalled to find this …

Dartmouth Native Vigilantes?

In activism, American Indian, dartmouth, mascots, vigilantes by Adrienne K.1 Comment

(image via Last night several of these anonymous signs were posted around the campus of Dartmouth College on the lawns of greek organizations and in front of administration buildings. The text on the sign above, posted at the Psi Upsilon house, reads: Dear Brothers of Psi U, You have been charged with representing your brotherhood to Dartmouth as racist …

You Heap Fine Valentine, and HOW.

In American Indian, random appropriation, valentines day by Adrienne K.3 Comments

  Happy Valentines Day everyone! Enjoy these Indian-themed vintage valentines, which can all be found at: Lots more after the jump! I’m sending this ARROW, CHIEFLY to say, Let me be your “beau”, my valentine (1940’s)   You’ve kindled a spark of love in my heart my valentine (1930’s)   (1940’s)   (1940’s)   I’d never ‘squaw’k if you’d …

Indian River Light Beer: "At Last, a Beer Native to Manhattan"

In advertising, American Indian, heartland brewery, women by Adrienne K.Leave a Comment

 (image via My friend Kayla pointed me (via her friend Tia’s Facebook) to Heartland Brewery, straight out of hipster-haven Brooklyn, NY, and their beer called “Indian River”. Here is the picture that Tia snapped of their advertisement at a bus stop in Manhattan: If you can’t read it, it says “accents of orange, no pulp” and “At last, a …

Is Twilight good for the Quileute?

In American Indian, new moon, quileute, twilight by Adrienne K.1 Comment

(image via Note: This piece assumes some limited knowledge of the Twilight series. If you need some background, look here. I was so happy when I saw this fantastic OpEd in the NY Times about the relationship between the Twilight franchise and the Quileute tribe. The article was written by the Associate Director of American Indian Studies at UCLA, …

Appropriations at the Boston Museum of Science

In American Indian, Boston Muesum of Science, cultural appropriation, Hopi Indian Village, museums by Adrienne K.2 Comments

This past weekend I took a trip to the Boston Museum of Science to see the Harry Potter Exhibition (which was amazing and awesome and anyone who is a fan should go see it…but I digress), and since our tickets got us into the rest of the museum, we wandered around the galleries a bit. I didn’t even have my …

Random Appropriation of the Day!

In "tribal", American Indian, dream catcher, fashion by Adrienne K.Leave a Comment

Billabong shirt at TJ Maxx.

Ilka Hartmann Photography

In activism, AIM, alcatraz, American Indian, photography, positive portrayals by Adrienne K.1 Comment

I was pointed to this link via Julia on Twitter (thanks!), and I absolutely love Hartmann’s images. She has a large collection of photos on her site, not just of Natives, but I think her most striking images are the ones of urban Indians and AIM leaders from the 1970’s and early 80’s. I also love that most of the …

Look what I found in the bottom of my purse…

In American Indian, arrow, Disney, wilderness lodge by Adrienne K.Leave a Comment

  I had forgotten I’d grabbed a stir stick from the bar at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It had been skewering an orange in my beer in a previous life.   Previous post:  Appropriations at Disney World Part 3: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:

You too can own your very own Tommy Tomahawk!

In American Indian, cherokee, mascots, racism by Adrienne K.1 Comment

 For the low price of $699.99 (It’s on sale!). The description: This Indian Brave Mascot Costume gives a boost to your school spirit.  Shindigz is your place to find the fiercest and most affordable mascot costumes. Fierce AND affordable. (Thanks Scott!)