Expert on American Indian culture teaches class at Ramstein High
Bryan Sanchez, who describes himself as belonging to the Zuni tribe in New Mexico, had asked Heiser to speak to the classes.
Sanchez, coordinator of the school’s internship program, says he believed Heiser had a better feel for the culture and the history than he has.
Over the years Heiser has visited numerous tribes around the United States and has performed American Indian rituals like the sun dance, in which participants dance for four days without food or water and sitting in a sweat lodge to discover personal visions.
The fact that he was German, he said, didn’t make a difference when talking about the American Indian culture.
What Heiser is apparently teaching is Plains Indian culture. In other words, he's teaching the stereotypes everyone already knows about Indians.
Is there a single German aficionado who knows anything about Indians other than Plains Indians? If so, I don't recall him.
Sanchez the Zuni teacher should stick to his, er, guns. I'm betting he knows a lot more about the Zuni and other Pueblo cultures than Heiser does.