The most authentic Indian piece of scenery in this video was the big pickup truck cruising down a dirt road. Other than that, the helicopter landscape shots and "traditional" dances were straight out of a presentation from the History Channel; it's something you see in fiction, not in a powwow. It's Hollywood, and not the real thing.
The Enlightened Time
The Drinking Song Music Video
On "Enlightened Time":
Just another example of New Age-directed, feel good, Hollyweird Indian fluff that really does not say too much at all about anything (that I could figure out). Is the message here one of inter-tribal unity or what? What is the message here, if any at all?
The hokey "pan-Indian" imagery in this video has been pretty much played out already by not only the History Channel, but National Geographic, too. Personally, I'd love to see MORE activist-oriented productions that focus on the problems that plague us as a people, which leads me to...,
"The Drinking Song"
This video should have won out over Jana's as the message here is extraordinarily clear as to the horrendous effects of alcohol and alcoholism upon our people (who suffer the worst rates of death due to drinking than all other U.S. ethnic groups researched for the latest governmental studies).
That the (Native) rap/hip hop genre was utilized is perhaps the most effective communicative ploy to reach out to that Indian demographic that matters the most in this particular area, the younger people. It is of the utmost importance that our young people are made aware of those affictions that are devastating our communities in terms of our over-all health and well-being - and to those of us who are Indian, we all know exactly what these problems are.
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