June 29, 2010

Johnny Preston's Running Bear

Here's a slide show of the Running Bear song I posted about recently:

Comment:  Note the sickening sentimentality of the Indian images. The person who made this video obviously has a romantic view of the noble savage living in harmony with nature. He's especially keen on the sexy Indian maiden and probably fantasizes about her.

Although I don't think he intended to, he's demonstrated what's wrong with songs like these. Clearly they reinforce false and pernicious Native stereotypes.

For more on the subject, see Running Bear Off the Radio and Most Racist Musical Group Ever?

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