August 10, 2007

Germans cheat Native dancers

Native American dancers swindledSome Oklahoma Native Americans say they were caught in the middle of an International scam. They're dancers who were hired to perform their native dances in Germany this summer.

Seventy natives made the trip and signed a paid contract to perform for 25 days. But, they never got what the money they were promised. The group made it back late last night, tired from the ordeal and the journey. And now, they're jobless and empty handed. Some of the group wanted to earn money for college, and some even had to give up their jobs to make the trip.
How it happened:[The German organization] turned out to be two men. The contract the native dancers signed required each dancer to work 10 hours per day, rain or shine and be paid $150 per day. On the fifteenth day, after having not been paid, the dance group called off the shows.

They were told by the Germans who had booked the troupe that they could go to the airport and wait 10 days until the return date on the ticket; or they could pay their own way home. Reluctantly, the Native Americans decided to fulfill their part of the contract.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
The Native dancers were not the only ones to get cheated. That German 'group' also enduced Native artists and artisans to make the trip, promising them a huge market for their wares and abilities. writerfella's own sister and brother-in-law and their three artisan children so were approached but the Pawnee brother-in-law trusts NO white man whatsoever and so the offer was spurned. The dancers have returned but some of the artisans are stuck over there. It may take a concerted effort on the part of museums and craft co-operatives to bring these people back home...
All Best
Russ Bates