April 26th in #Osnabrueck, #Documentary Screening and Q&A at Museumsquartier-Akzisehaus

 

Opening on 26 January 2019, at the Museumsquartier Osnabrück, is an exhibition on Karl May and the myths and realities of his legacy.

We’ll be screening “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” on Friday, the 26th of April 2019 (6 p.m.).

We’ll be providing a critical approach on how the fantasies, myths and racist, colonial behaviors in history and today, have an effect on Native Americans and ALL peoples, as it teaches its okay to be culturally abusive for one’s own amusement…among many other harmful behaviors.

Facebook event page and their website link  https://www.museumsquartier-osnabrueck.de/ausstellung/blutsbrueder/.

“Can you #copyright #culture?” Article &Video at dBs Studios #Berlin

From the event March 13, in the on-going series of discussions, dBs Dialogues in Berlin, at the dBs Film & Music School.

Last Wednesday, we came together for the second panel discussion of our diversity-themed season of dBs Dialogues: Can You Copyright Culture? On the panel was award-winning writer, educator, filmmaker and psychologist of Native (Chiricahua Apache/Cherokee) and African-American heritage Red Haircrow, whose multimedia work often focuses on identity, indigeneity and intersectionality. He was joined by Dutch producer and veteran of Berlin’s techno scene Charlton Ravenberg and Polish rapper and Creative Music Production & Sound Engineering student Augustyn. The fascinating talk was facilitated by Screen Acting vocal coach, cultural advocate and intercultural negotiation specialist Cavana Hazelton.”

“The Socially Critical #Documentary #Film #ForgetWinnetou! by Red Haircrow”

At MOPO, the Hamburger Morgenpost, “Indianer-Kostüm-Verbot Das sagen die Nachfahren amerikanischer Ureinwohner dazu“… the article on recent controversy where a German kindergarten forbid the usage of “Indianer” or American Indian costumes. The decision by the school has sparked debate across the country on cultural appropriation, “innocent” appreciation and colonial practice equaling racism.

It is ironic that Natives and allies have said so all along, with educational campaigns such as #NotYourMascot and #NotYourCostume, but were largely ignored and minimized. However, when a white European person or group dares to actually behave responsibly and stop culturally abusive practices, there is outrage.

Over a decade ago, exactly as our documentary shared, the American Psychological Association (APA) stated:

“Research has shown that the continued use of American Indian mascots, symbols, images and personalities has a negative effect on not only American Indian students but all students by:

  • Undermining the educational experiences of members of all communities-especially those who have had little or no contact with indigenous peoples. The symbols, images and mascots teach non-Indian children that it’s acceptable to participate in culturally abusive behavior and perpetuate inaccurate misconceptions about American Indian culture.
  • Establishes an unwelcome and often times hostile learning environment for American Indian students that affirms negative images/stereotypes that are promoted in mainstream society.

According to Stephanie Fryberg, PhD, University of Arizona, this appears to have a negative impact on the self-esteem of American Indian children, “American Indian mascots are harmful not only because they are often negative, but because they remind American Indians of the limited ways in which others see them. This in turn restricts the number of ways American Indians can see themselves.”

  • Undermines the ability of American Indian Nations to portray accurate and respectful images of their culture, spirituality and traditions. Many American Indians report that they find today’s typical portrayal of American Indian culture disrespectful and offensive to their spiritual beliefs.
  • Presents stereotypical images of American Indians. Such mascots are a contemporary example of prejudice by the dominant culture against racial and ethnic minority groups.
  • Is a form of discrimination against American Indian Nations that can lead to negative relations between groups.”

Side note: It’s noteworthy that the writer Mike Schlink placed my name in quotation marks, which he did to no other European style name in the article. It was auto-assumed my name was fake or a “nickname” because it was different than the Eurocentric mindset, assumption and judge/jury practice we commonly see when white people come across ethnic or other names. Rather disrespectful and subtly racist, when he could have asked or just treated it as any other name.

March 13th at dBs Music #Berlin – Panelist for, “Can you copyright #culture?”

 

“Our lives, and our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories and histories. More than ever before we have the opportunity to be exposed to, and influenced by, a wealth of different cultures and ideas. But what does that hybridisation mean for culture and how do we avoid a homogenised future? What differentiates appropriation from inspiration; is imitation really flattery? How does an individual navigate these surroundings in the search for authentic artistic expression?

 

Wednesday 13th March, 18:30
dBs Berlin, Funkhaus, Nalepastrasse 18

Join us for this facilitated panel conversation between dBs Students and invited professionals from the creative industries. These are public events.

Dialogue Facilitator:
// Cavana Hazelton
Vocal Coach at dBs Film Berlin, Cultural Advocate and intercultural negotiation specialist
cavanahazelton.com

Dialogue Panellists:
// Red Haircrow
Award-winning writer, educator, filmmaker and psychologist of Native (Chiricahua Apache/Cherokee) and African American heritage
redhaircrow.com
forgetwinnetou.com

// Charlton
Producer & DJ
soundcloud.com/charlton-ravenberg

// Augustyn
Rapper, producer, mindful lyricist and student at dBs Music Berlin
soundcloud.com/augustyndoesraps
IG: @augustyn_from_poland

Shared via dB Music Studios Berlin website: https://www.dbsmusic.net/blog/dbs-dialogues-diversity/.

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/306475870074006/

EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dbs-dialogues-2-can-you-copyright-culture-tickets-55335766768?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

When a #Kindergarten in #Germany says “No Indian Costumes” there’s a fuss, but Natives were ignored for years…

During this time of heightened interest and yelling about challenges to #Indianer costumes and Cultural Appropriation of #NativeAmericans in #Germany. Here are a few links to my past articles, interviews and/or commentary on these and related topics. INSTAGRAM post.

Photos are ones I took from the print version article I received from stern for my contribution to the article, “Im Wilden Osten” (2015). Original photos by Jen Osborne.

More links and articles are listed at my website https://redhaircrow.com/articles/.

Screening 26 April 2019 at Museumsquartier Osnabrück at exhibition on The Myths of Karl May

 

Opening on 26 January 2019, at the Museumsquartier Osnabrück, is an exhibition on Karl May and the myths and realities of his legacy.

We’ll be screening “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” on Friday, the 26th of April 2019 (6 p.m.) in their museum.

We’ll be providing a critical approach on how the fantasies, myths and racist, colonial behaviors in history and now, have an effect Native Americans and all peoples, as it teaches its okay to be culturally abusive for one’s own amusement.

Facebook event page and their website link  https://www.museumsquartier-osnabrueck.de/ausstellung/blutsbrueder/.

Our First Screening for 2019: Saskatoon, Canada for Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Our 1st event in 2019! Pleased to announce we’ll screen in #Saskatoon, Canada, at one of Wanuskewin Heritage Park series of events in January.

“Power Lines: A Symposium on the Impact of the Woodland School of Art and the Work of Norval Morrisseau, who is called the grandfather of native art in Canada, was Anishinaabe.”

Keynote will be presented by Dr.Carmen Robertson, and other performers and presentations include Indigenous Poets Society, The Indian Group of Seven, and Madison Noon. The film screening will take place at PAVED Arts, 424 20th Street West Saskatoon.
https://www.pavedarts.ca/

Photos from their website.

Preview New #Documentary Film Project “ALMOST” on #Stereotypes of Heritage, Gender & Abilities

A new film project we’re working on, and the concept of “ALMOST”, of being judged “not enough” based on your heritage, gender, sexuality or cognitive/physical abilities. Due to the racist, toxic structures in society, such behaviors especially target and impact people of color. If you would like to be a part and share your experiences, you’re welcome to contact us.


ALMOST
Directed, produced and edited by Red Haircrow redhaircrow.com/
Animations by Neda Ahmadi vimeo.com/nedframe
Music by Johnny Clyde

Description:

“ALMOST normal.
ALMOST acceptable.
ALMOST indigenous.

Half, a quarter, a fraction, a piece.
Gender, sexuality, ethnicity,
cognitive or physical abilities.

Toxic beliefs, ableist and racist structures
in society continue to harm.
Some are embracing their differences
in order to heal, and they are connected.”

Our #Indigenous film series began Nov. 7th in #Berlin – Next Date the 20th!

We had a nice turn-out for the 1st evening in our #Indigenous film series focusing on female directors, in cooperation with Xart Splitta, which began Nov. 7th in #Berlin.

The next event is Nov.20th, where my short docu, ALMOST, on mixed indigenous experience is followed by the feature length film, “Out of State” by Ciara Lacey on indigenous #Hawaiian prisoners will be viewed by guests at xart splitta.

The guest speaker that evening is Manuel Ricardo Garcia, (Jicarilla Apache, Coahuiltecan & German) born in Munich with Family in Chihuahua Mexico. Manuel is a Trans*activist, Photoartist, two spirit & active in the #LGBTIQA Black & #POC community.

Please view our full schedule here.