March 24, 2014

Glispa stereotypes Native women

Tipi, Models in Skimpy Faux Native Garb at California Gaming Conference

By Simon Moya-SmithAn American-born businessman who owns and operates an advertising company in Germany has responded to complaints of cultural appropriation by stating he has Native American friends and that his company incorporates Native American values in its philosophy.

Gary Lin, CEO of Glispa (GmbH), a company geared to generate web traffic through marketing campaigns, allegedly erected a tipi and hired several women to dress in faux Native American garb at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, on March 19.

Elizabeth LaPensée, an Anishinaabe and Métis game developer and designer, said friends had told her a tipi would be on the expo floor. When she arrived to the conference she noticed that Glispa staff were using the tipi as a meeting room. “And two women, both of whom were non-Native, were wearing your typical inappropriate stereotypical [Indian] costume--mocking regalia,” she said.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see "Sacagawea" at MacDonald Day Celebration and Gypsy Parlor Stereotypes Native Women.

Below:  "Women dressed in faux Native American attire at the gaming developers conference in San Francisco stand outside a tipi as part of their marketing campaign."

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