Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party, 1773
Take your tea and shove it.
George Hewes was a member of the band of "Indians" that boarded the tea ships that evening. His recollection of the event was published some years later. We join his story as the group makes its way to the tea-laden ships:
"It was now evening, and I immediately dressed myself in the costume of an Indian, equipped with a small hatchet, which I and my associates denominated the tomahawk, with which, and a club, after having painted my face and hands with coal dust in the shop of a blacksmith, I repaired to Griffin's wharf, where the ships lay that contained the tea. When I first appeared in the street after being thus disguised, I fell in with many who were dressed, equipped and painted as I was, and who fell in with me and marched in order to the place of our destination.
Comment: So the original protesters were Mohawks in blackface? Nice.
Apparently everyone who dresses up as a anti-government "Indian" is doing it wrong. Everyone is stereotyping Indians.
For more on the subject, see Real Indian at Tax Protest and Teabaggers Misuse Indian Imagery. For more on Indians in the American Revolution, see The Political Uses of Stereotyping and Fun 4th of July Facts.