Here's a deep thought on the giant-Indian float in the Rose Parade: Farmers Insurance created and exhibited the float in California. Therefore, how about featuring a California Indian on the float? And honoring this Indian's heritage with California Indian artifacts?
Yes, I know this Indian wouldn't be as dramatic as a Plains chief in full regalia. He'd probably be nearly naked, wearing a loincloth only. How would that play on national TV?
But you could actually honor his heritage with some items from (duh) his heritage. A hut or sweat lodge. An intricately woven basket. A grinding stone. Rock art. (See my pictures of a reconstructed Luiseño village for inspiration.)
A few giant baskets against a wall of rock art would make a nice display. Compare this to the bears and trees on the actual float. What do these things have to do with Indian heritage?