The mascot issue for American Indians is on the table and being discussed at length. This discussion rarely, if ever, has Native people weighing in. Most media is saying we’re not complaining, there isn’t enough of us, or that we’re somehow extinct. This is not true.
I am compiling submitted videos into one big video to illustrate that there are an enormous amount of Native people who are still here and who are opposed the Native people being used as mascots.
Are you Native? Want in? Shoot a video however you want or can with the following:
Your tribal affiliation
the following statement: I am not a caricature or a mascot. I am a human being. Change the name.
send the video via email to me at email@example.com. I will have the first video up and online on Monday October 14, 2013 for Columbus Day.
One: I am an artist, and one of my pieces is behind me which is called “To Be Charged With Being Indian In The 21st Century” and it’s about stereotypes and identity. So before you start asking me about ‘fire water’ there you go.
Two: my ‘pedigree’ will probably come up. I am half white, half Native. I am enrolled with Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (Northern Paiute), but I am also Washoe and Shoshone.
Three: I don’t look Indian? yeah, I get that sometimes. That’s probably because your view of what is Native and what isn’t is a little Narrow. If you want a copy of my Tribal ID card or my enrollment number, let me know and I’ll get that for you. Also, seriously?
Four: “I’m Native and I don’t think it’s offensive at all.” That’s ok. This probably isn’t for you. Carry on.
Five: “Your video is choppy”. Yeah, I know. Time being pressing, I had to make cuts and didn’t want to reshoot. It still makes the point.
feel free to email me with questions or comments if you have them!