HONOLULU — A coalition of Indigenous Hawaiian scholars, activists and filmmakers are speaking out against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s second attempt to produce and star in a biographical motion picture about King Kamehameha the Great. Citing cultural appropriation and historical wrongs perpetrated against the Hawaiian people, they say that Johnson, and producer-director Robert Zemeckis have […]
With $1400, you could buy an iMac or a trip to Europe. You could also buy a designer jacket made by the fashion label BCBG Max Azria, a white one with intricate blue geometric patterns running over the sleeves and down the body. It is expensive, it is pretty, and it is inspired by designs […]
“In my song you hear my soul, in my dance, you see its rhythm.” ~ Basil Johnson On November 22, I was part of a halftime dance performance at the TCF Bank Stadium where the Minnesota Vikings celebrated Native American Heritage Month. The program included a pregame show with a presentation of 27 tribal nation […]
On February 7, 2013, the National Museum of the American Indian hosted a day-long symposium on Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports. This day-long symposium brought together an array of sports writers, scholars, authors, and representatives from sports organizations to explore the mythology and psychology of sports stereotypes and mascots, and examine the […]
‘Playing Indian’ is no novel phenomena, notes Philip J Deloria in the introduction to his brilliant study of the same title. Groups of white Americans have been appropriating Native American identity since before the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Such appropriations have had observably damaging effects on Indigenous Peoples of the continent who have been […]
In this 30-minute lecture, Anishinabek activist, scholar and writer Dr. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson answers the question: “Can Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Survive in the Modern World?” This lecture is part of the 2008 Ethics Speaker Series, “Advertising, Branding, Intellectual Property Issues Across the Professions” organized by Ryerson University’s Faculty of Arts. Bio Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is […]
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