February 23, 2009

Schellenberg's NBA All-Star promo

Roscoe Pond posted a video of August Schellenberg promoting the NBA All-Star Game. In it, Schellenberg plays a wise old Indian who conjures images of a bear, snake, wolf, and eagle from a fire. These morph into shots of NBA players embodying the animals' attributes.

Rob's review: On the plus side, it's great to see a Native linked to something as non-Native as an NBA game. Schellenberg looks and acts like a typical modern Indian, not like some ancient chief or shaman.

On the minus side, the whole concept is somewhat stereotypical. It would've been better to incorporate a Native without the clichéd bear, wolf, and eagle references.

For more on the subject, see TV Shows Featuring Indians.

Below:  Schellenberg in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here's some real news about the NBA All Star weekend... the NBA Player's Association donated $50,000 to the Hopi Foundation! They gave them the check at the Player's Gala event Saturday night. Call the Hopi Foundation for more info-