September 12, 2007

NDNs imitate Britney

We need normal-sized role modelsI had a conversation with one of our tribal leaders last weekend. He hated the media's hold on the lives of young people on reservations. The low-cut pants, the thongs showing above the pants' waistline (that one's maybe “out” now), the tops with the girl's midsection showing--and for boys, the baggy pants.

American Indian culture isn't valued because many of these young people don't understand it, the tribal leader said. But they certainly are fed enough of what is “in” and popular on television, so those in the starlight become their role models.

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