By Erik Brady
The Zuni Pueblo tribe sent notice to Native artists that representatives of the Washington NFL team's Original Americans Foundation will be in Zuni, N.M., on Monday afternoon to buy jewelry, pottery, etchings and other artwork.
"Preferred items will be those that have the Washington Redskins team logo, or use of team colors … embedded in the art work," the notice says. It also asks artists to "spread the word" to others who may have logo art to sell.
"We have a very depressed economy and the (tribal) governor wanted to help local Zuni artists," tribal administrator Hanna Weeke told USA TODAY Sports. She said buyers often insist artists cut their prices but she believes foundation buyers will pay in full.
They want Native-made artwork and crafts, particularly stuff that promotes the Redskins team brand. A letter bearing the logo of Zuni Pueblo has invited artists to show their wares at the Zuni Tribal Conference room. After providing some details, the letter ends with the instructions "Be respectful when you arrive. Do not smell of alcohol, marijuana, or be under the influence."
On Twitter, Last Real Indians gave the following interpretation: "Hey Indians, we want to buy your trinkets esp if they have Redskins logo. but don't show up drunk or high --Dan Snyder"
"'Be respectful when you arrive.' Is there any self-awareness there?" responded another Twitter user.
By Sean Newell
People on Zuni Pueblo's Facebook page are obviously upset—when was the last time your local art fair asked the artists not to show up drunk?—and there are levels to this thing. Do you want to sell some of your art? Well, you better include a slur against yourself if you want some cash. Oh, also don't be drunk. Sell your racist-stereotype crafts, people of Zuni; just don't be one yourself.
One response to the Facebook post put a neat bow on all of it.