SNL 40th Anniversary: Mike Myers and Native Imagery

by Adrienne K.February 17, 2015

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It got me thinking (duh). This screenshot pretty much encapsulates what most folks watching SNL think about Native peoples: mascots and artifacts. Both disembodied symbols that have minimal relation to contemporary Native communities or people. Both representing outsiders profiting from and exploiting our images and our cultures for their own economic gain. Both harkening to a very specific period of time in our cultures–back to the 19th century, when the “real Indians” were around. (Not discounting the contemporary Navajo weavers who continue this tradition today, obvs!)

http://nativeappropriations.com/2015/02/snl-40th-anniversary-mike-meyers-and-native-imagery.html

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