Where Native America meets pop culture
Writerfella here -- Are those all really Hallowe'en costumes, or are they images taken from other parts of the year? If so, then the equinox may find itself meaning something else again...All Best Russ Bates'writerfella'
You can't tell? Well, good. That kind of proves the point of this posting.I'll identify the images' sources eventually. But first let's see how people respond to them.
I have been watching this commercial for breast cancer and was a little taken aback by some of the stereotypical images about being a warrior. I applaud the women who are breast cancer survivors and Ford Motor Company for stepping up and leading the way, but at who's expense. Go to http://www.fordvehicles.com/warriorsinpink/index.asp and watch the commercial and let me know what you think.
The Ford commercial shows a woman daubing paint on her face before running a race to the beat of tribal-style drums. It vaguely stereotypes the "primitive" rites of indigenous people, but it doesn't depict anything specific about Native Americans.
I think you're wrong about the pretty blonde white woman painting her face. If you remember the old Hollywood movies and Halloween costumes they always depict a person with the striped red marks on their faces. As a matter of fact look at the first picture you have in this article. It looks like the mascot has two red marking on his face.
I viewed this advert; it made me think more of generic "primitive warrior" trappings as seen on the "Survivor" TV show than it did of any specific group.So, at worst, it is to some a stereotypical denigration of Natives, and at best it is cashing in on whatever popularity "Survivor" still has. Not the greatest, either way.
Here are the sources of the photos:1) Mascot of Holy Cross (a high school by that name?).2) Cleveland Indian fans dressing up as Chief Wahoo.3) Generic mascot costume from Complete Sportswear, Inc.4) Unknown band member dressed like a mascot at a football game.5) Mascot at a Keller High School basketball game.
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