Interest Convergence, FSU, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida

In indian mascots, mascots, stereotypes, Uncategorized by Adrienne K.42 Comments

Live and learn. I guess the “quick post” model failed–you should see my inbox. Guys, I know the Seminole Tribe of Florida has worked with FSU and offered their approval of the mascot and associated images. I know quite a bit about the relationship, actually, and I’ve been learning quite a bit more in the last day or so…thanks to the strongly worded …

Paul Frank offends every Native person on the planet with Fashion Night Out "Dream Catchin’ Pow wow"

In Dream Catchin with Paul Frank, Fashions Night Out, hipster headdress, Paul Frank, playing indian, stereotypes by Adrienne K.Leave a Comment

Fashion’s Night Out is now in its fourth year–an annual night for residents of New York, LA, and other fashionable cities to get dressed up in sky-high heels and totter from retail outlet to retail outlet, pushing through hoards of similarly clad city dwellers attempting to partake in free cocktails and canapes. Stores host “celebrity” appearances–though it seems to be …

I eat stereotypes like you for breakfast.

In advertising, branding, land o lakes, noble savage, plains, Stereotype Breakfast, stereotypes by Adrienne K.Leave a Comment

My friend Jeremiah sent me this picture last night via twitter, and in my head, I thought “I could make some stereotype biscuits for breakfast!” Which got me thinking. How many products with stereotypical imagery could I fit in one imaginary breakfast? All of these products are readily available (though some are regional), and I decided not to include vintage …

Real Indians Don’t Care About Tonto

In activist fatigue, Culture Cops, identity, Johnny Depp, Lone Ranger, Native identity, Scott Richard Lyons, stereotypes, Tonto by Adrienne K.155 Comments

You know what I’ve learned in the last few months? Apparently I’m not a real Indian. Apparently, going to grad school and questioning how Native people are portrayed in pop culture makes me less “real.” I knew, in starting this blog, that being a white-looking Cherokee from SoCal trying to talk about Native issues would cause some problems, and my …

Thawing the Frozen Indian: Brown University’s new anthro exhibit

In Americas Next Top Model, Brown University, Contemporary Native Art, misrepresentation, museums, stereotypes, Thawing the Frozen Indian, urban outfitters by Adrienne K.Leave a Comment

The same day as our Crooked Arrows adventure last weekend, Mikaela and I also hit up the Haffenreffer Anthropology museum at Brown to check out their new student-curated exhibit: “Thawing the Frozen Indian: From Tobacco to Top Model.” Dr. Hoover, one of the faculty members at Brown, had mentioned to me at Harvard Powwow (she was the Head Lady Dancer) …

Johnny Depp as Tonto: I’m still not feeling "honored"

In Hollywood stereotypes, Johnny Depp, Lone Ranger, Sattler, stereotypes, Tonto by Adrienne K.20 Comments

I guess we can put all the talk about Johnny Depp “honoring” Native people to rest now. Cause it’s been over a month since those first horrendous publicity pics of Depp-as-Tonto surfaced, and more information has been trickling out about Depp’s “inspiration” for his lovely costume. I think we’ll now see just how careful, respectful and honoring Mr. Depp was …

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 …

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, …

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 …