November 08, 2006

Mardi Gras Indians on video

Tell me if you see any resemblance between these "Indians" and real Indians.


writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
As always, their presentation simply is an interpretation, rather like 'spaghetti westerns' present 'Old West cowboys'. With or without Ennio Morricone's soundtrack, the actual performance is not much more than a Mardi Gras portrayal. Nothing wrong with it, if that was all it aspired to be. And that's the entire key. They want to continue in their own kind of tradition. It simply is that such a tradition has nothing at all to do with actual Native existence.
All Best
Russ Bates

Rob said...

It's a stereotypical interpretation of Indians just like a "spaghetti western" is a stereotypical interpretation of the Old West.

Anonymous said...

people need to READ the history behind the "Mardi Gra Indians", as one mardi gra indian put it "WE DO IT TO HONOR THE INDIANS THAT HELPED US IN OUR STRUGGLE TO RECLAIM OUR FREEDOM".

Rob said...

I've read the history of the Mardi Gras Indians. These "Indians" have little or nothing to do with real Indians.

The "honoring" argument is as bogus for these "Indians" as it is for any phony Indians--e.g., mascots or Y-Indian Guides. I explained why in Smashing People:  The "Honor" of Being an Athlete.

I addressed many claims about the Mardi Gras Indians in Mardi Gras:  "To be an Indian is a very special calling." Read it and learn.