Even when they don’t invite patrons to “drink like an Indian”, many flyers, advertisements and posters use imagery and innuendo many Natives find disturbing. Thanksgiving is a controversial holiday in Indian country, yet many bars and strip clubs see it as a time for revelry in sexualized Indian-maiden (or Indian-brave, if that’s your thing) costumes. A search of Facebook and Google found the following advertisements for events happening this year.
Woonsocket, RI: Rhode Island Dolls Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Party:
New York, NY: Splash Bar “Give Thanks!”:
Wayne, NJ: Lace Wayne Annual Thanksgiving Party:
For more on the subject, see Drink's "Sexy Pilgrim & Indian Party" and McFadden's "Drink Like a Indian" Party.