What Do Native Americans and Rainmaking Have to Do With the Law?
When you drag new clients into the teepee, be prepared to be scrutinized for who you are, not for your glitzy brochure
By Mark Johnson
He could see that I was taken aback and said, “You were expecting maybe Crazy Horse?” I was humbled.
The funniest and stupidest thing in this article is Johnson's alleged belief that the Hopi "medicine man" would be wearing feathers and war paint.
First, I don't think the Hopi have "medicine men." Not ones who go by that title, anyway.
Second, most medicine men didn't wear warpaint, since they were healers, not warriors. Some might've worn feathers, but I wouldn't have bet on it.
Third, this is 2009 and Johnson said he had visited the Hopi before. Was he totally oblivious to everything he saw? Does he seriously think today's Indians routinely wear feathers and warpaint? This sounds like something a kindergartner would say, not a presumably educated adult.
I suppose when Johnson visited the Seminoles, he learned how to hunt buffalo? When he visited the Iroquois, he learned how to dance in a kiva? When he visited the Cheyenne, he learned how to grow tobacco? When he visited the Yurok, he learned how to play lacrosse?
Uh-huh, sure he did.
The only good thing about this article is that Johnson has more or less accurately characterized the Indian way of doing business.
For more on the subject, see The Basic Indian Stereotypes.
Below: The picture chosen to illustrate this Hopi-oriented article. Sigh.