survivalinternational.de – #KulturelleAneignung und das Bild von #NativeAmericans in Deutschland – Gespräch mit Red Haircrow #Video

(After an initial technical issue, dialogue begins around the 5 min mark. )

A discussion on the topic of racism, colonialism, Eurocentrism during the #MayflowersKill campaign (October 2021) at Survival International Germany. Native American stereotypes have been used to misrepresent, misuse and primitize Native Americans and Indigenous peoples. They’ve also been used to hide the European role in their genocide and ethnocide, past and present.

Stereotypes are fear and ignorance based oversimplifications created by those who made themselves dominant through centuries long violence and enslavement, which present incarnation of such behaviors includes systemic racism, discrimination and cultural appropriation. Stereotypes hide and misdirect away from the Truth about Native and Indigenous peoples, their lands and entire continents, whose history has been strategically omitted from western society’s (mis)educational systems.

One of those Truths is: Europeans using modified Christianity as a weapon to first attacked their peers. They committed forcible assimilation, torture and genocide of many of the original Peoples and belief systems in Europe. They especially focused on women, anyone “different”, non-heteronormative or those neurologically diverse. They then took that murderous, thieving show on the road, inflicting horrific violence across the world. They created the concept of race to found the idea of their superiority, and used racism to oppress and enslave. They also normalized sexism, homo- and transphobia, misogyny and ableism in western society. Anyone of their own peers who tried to stop them? They tried to destroy them, too. They routinely destroyed some of the best and brightest of their own who believed in equality and equity for all persons.

So, the systems we fight today, to end stereotyping, colonialism, racism, sexism, ableism, religious intolerance, gender violence and patriarchy, are concepts created to keep a minority in power. Everyone should all be fighting such systems and practices together, not just to help Native peoples, but to help themselves. To help save our world from imperialism, colonization, consumerism and capitalism that continues to foment war, hatred and greed, and is destroying our Earth as we face critical climate crisis.

Facing the reality of what the continued belief in or apathy towards Native American stereotypes is key to understanding yourselves, our shared history and how to end systems of selective abuse, oppression and suppression. For the survival of all our children, for our world.

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“MUST SEE” – A New Review/Neue Rezension – “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” (Deutsch/English)

Now available on DVD for private personal use, and at VTape for orgs, etc.

Prof. Dr. Eva Boesenberg, Humboldt-Universität Berlin (2022):

“Warum sollten Sie diesen Film sehen? Weil er neue Perspektiven eröffnet. Weil er zum Nachdenken bringt. Weil er innovativ ist. Und weil das Thema uns alle angeht.

Winnetou kennen die meisten (weißen) Deutschen, selbst wenn sie Karl Mays Bücher nicht mehr selbst gelesen haben. Wir Deutschen lieben Indigene Kultur. Wir sehen oft schon als Kinder Filme und lesen Bücher darüber. Manche von uns gehen so weit, in ihrer Freizeit “Western-Parks” zu besuchen, sich zu Karneval als “Indianer*innen” zu kostümieren oder an den Wochenenden Indigene Kultur “nachzuerleben”. Aber echte Indigene Personen? Die heute in Berlin leben? Darüber wissen die meisten von uns nichts.

Der Film ändert das. Er zeigt auch sehr nachdrücklich, dass unsere Faszination für Indigene Kultur alles andere als harmlos ist. Kulturelle Aneignung heißt das, wenn sich Weiße ohne Erlaubnis Elemente anderer Kulturen zu Eigen machen. Selbst mit den besten Absichten hat das rassistische Effekte. Also: ja, der Film leistet wichtige dekoloniale Arbeit.

Und falls Sie nicht weiß sind? Sollten Sie den Film trotzdem anschauen. Er zeigt eine oft übersehene Facette der hiesigen kulturellen Landschaft, dokumentiert aber gleichzeitig, wie überkommene rassistische Strukturen und Stereotype Indigenen Individuen in Deutschland das Leben schwer machen. Heißt: da muss sich was ändern. Der Film gibt wichtige Hinweise wie. Vor allem aber zeigt er heutiges Indigenes Leben in all seiner Komplexität auf eindringliche, bewegende Weise. Wer braucht da noch Winnetou?


Must-See: Red Haircrow, Forget Winnetou

Why should you see this film? Because it opens new perspectives. Because it makes you think. Because it’s innovative. And because the topic concerns us all.

Most (white) Germans know Winnetou, even if they haven’t read Karl May’s books themselves. We Germans love indigenous culture. We often watch movies and read books about it as children. Some of us go so far as to visit “Western Parks” in their free time, to dress up as “Indians” at carnival, or to “relive” Indigenous culture on weekends. But real Indigenous people? Who live in Berlin today? Most of us know nothing about that.

The film changes that. It also shows very emphatically that our fascination with Indigenous culture is anything but harmless. Cultural appropriation is what it’s called when white people take elements of other cultures without permission. Even with the best of intentions, this has racist effects. So: yes, the film does important decolonial work.

And if you’re not white? You should still watch the film. It shows an often overlooked facet of the local cultural landscape, but at the same time documents how outdated racist structures and stereotypes make life difficult for Indigenous individuals in Germany. In other words, something has to change. The film gives important hints how. Above all, it shows today’s indigenous life in all its complexity in a haunting, moving way. Who needs Winnetou?

Prof. Dr. Eva Boesenberg, Humboldt University Berlin


More reviews or commentary on the film and the topic:
Dr. Andreas Brenne, Osnabrück Universität

#MayflowersKill campaign (interviewee on Instagram) at Survival International (October 2021)

“Ich bin kein Kostüm” (documentary participant) by Karsten Gravert on 3Sat (February 2021 premiere)

Vergesst Winnetou – Sönke Bernhardi – OYA Magazine (2019)

Forget Winnetou! How projections become reality at TRAFO-Ideenkongress zu Kultur, Alltag & Politik auf dem Land in Halle (Saale), Sept. 19, 2018. AUDIO

TRAFO-Ideenkongress zu Kultur, Alltag & Politik auf dem Land in Halle (Saale), Sept. 19, 2018. VIDEO

The Electric Sheep Film Show (Radio/Podcast) Unspoken Cultures (September 19, 2018).

Deutschlandfunk Kultur (Artikel und Podcast) Projekt “Forget Winnetou” gegen Klischees. In English and German.

Other press & resources.

Now available on DVD – “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way”


Now available on DVD at eBay, the 2018 award winning documentary, “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way”, directed, produced and edited by Red Haircrow. Quantities are limited in this first test.

Format: DVD
Region: PAL
Genre: Dokumentarfilm/Documentary
Erscheinungsjahr/Released: 2018
Audio: German/Deutsch, English/Englisch
Untertiteln/Undertitles: Deutsch
Laufzeit/Runtime: 70min.

Description: “The same mentality that ignores indigenous rights to self-representation are often those who also stereotypes and gaslight GLBTIIQ people, women’s rights, the disabled or economically challenged, especially BIPOC just for desiring change and equality. It is basically saying, “My gratification is more important than your dignity, your rights or even your life.” This is a main facet of rape culture. It is intersecting oppression.

Most films about Natives concentrate on European narratives or indigenous experience in North America but there are Natives abroad and being “loved in the wrong way” in “Indian crazy” Germany has many forms and effects.

Germany is a microcosm of struggles taking place across western society both against and for decolonization; for correcting white privilege, supremacist belief and a patriarchal mentality that’s divided and helped destroy cultures, peoples and our world. We explore the roots of racism, colonialism, and appropriation in Germany from a rarely considered perspective: the Native American they adore.”

Der Überblick: “Dieselbe Haltung, die das Recht indigener Völker auf Selbstdarstellung ignoriert, ist es auch, die GLBTIIQ-Menschen, Frauen, Behinderte oder wirtschaftlich Benachteiligte, insbesondere People of Color, stereotypisiert und gaslighted, d.h. ihnen die Realität ihrer Erfahrungen abspricht, nur weil sie sich Veränderungen und Gleichberechtigung wünschen. Im Grunde heißt das: “Meine Freiheit und meine Bedürfnisse sind wichtiger als deine Würde, deine Rechte oder sogar dein Leben.” Es ist eine sich überschneidende Unterdrückung.

Die meisten Filme über Native Americans konzentrieren sich auf europäische Erzählungen oder indigene Erfahrungen in Nordamerika, aber es gibt auch Native Americans im Ausland, und im “indianerverrückten” Deutschland – “auf die falsche Art geliebt” zu werden, hat viele Formen. Deutschland ist ein Mikrokosmos der Kämpfe, die überall auf der Welt stattfinden, sowohl gegen als auch für die Dekolonialisierung; für die Überwindung der weißen Vorherrschaft und des Imperialismus, die unsere Welt gespalten und zerstört haben.

Wir erforschen die Wurzeln von Rassismus, Kolonialismus und Kultureller Aneignung in Deutschland aus einer selten beachteten Perspektive: dem Stereotyp der indigenen Amerikaner, die sie zu verehren vorgeben.”

Recently in Montecristo Magazine: “The #Frankfurt #BookFair Sheds Light on #Germany’s Strange Obsession with #Indigenous #Culture”

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In a recent issue of Montecristo Magazine: “The Frankfurt Book Fair Sheds Light on Germany’s Strange Obsession with Indigenous Culture”. Red Haircrow was interviewed along with others, on the topics of Germany, Hobbyism and Cultural Appropriation in Writing and Literature, and the oft underlying issues of Eurocentrism, Racism & White Privilege. 

Read the full article at link: “Haircrow says publishers tend to look for “recognizably Indigenous” stories. “It forces the Indigenous person to limit themselves if they want to get published in a traditional way,” he says. “They limit what readers are receiving. It’s a huge disservice to readers and to the writers.”

11 October -“Kolonialismus ist überall (Colonialism is Everywhere) – Mayflowers Kill” a series of discussions in cooperation with #SurvivalInternational

Beginning the week of 10 October 2021, Survival International will conduct a series of discussions with Indigenous educators and others on the topic of colonialism and its on-going effects and mechanisms. Included in these discussions will be this documentary’s director, Red Haircrow, who is a psychologist, educator, and writer, who will join the host on 11 October.

Be sure to join Survival International’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and the German and English language Instagram profiles to learn more about the line-up. Also, visit their website and campaign description HERE.

KOLONIALISMIS IST ÜBERALL- MAYFLOWERS KILL
COLONIALISM IS EVERYWHERE -MAYFLOWERS KILL

Recently at @Zeitwissen, #Indigenous #Knowledge, with comments by Indigenous folks (including me)- #Stereotyping #Racism #Colonialism

Recently in Zeitwissen, a section within Die Zeit, one of the largest news sources in Germany, an article was published on the need of Indigenous knowledge in natural sciences to help salvage and repair the climate crisis, a large part of which nuevo European values and practices unleashed on our world. Myself and other Indigenous peoples were asked to comment on how Indigenous knowledge can be of use in natural sciences. Me being me, I came at it from a slightly different, but critically important angle.



“Like Indigenous cultures and peoples, Indigenous knowledge is often “primitized” and stereotyped in a Eurocentric way. Yet Indigenous knowledge and methodologies are based on equitable values beneficial to all life, and they have positive application for everything from psychology to astrophysics, education to engineering.”

“Wie indigene Kulturen und Gruppen wird auch indigenes Wissen oft “primitized” und stereotyp auf eurozentrische Weise dargestellt. Indigenes Wissen und indigene Methoden beruhen jedoch auf gerechten Werten, die allen Lebewesen zugute kommen, und haben positive Auswirkungen auf alle Bereiche von der Psychologie bis zur Astrophysik, von der Bildung bis zur Ingenieurwesen.”

Much of the time, the majority insists on minimizing, defending or ignoring such practices, and fail to see how such behaviors extend to all aspects of life, particularly industries and business world, too. Some completely disregard the obvious intersectionality of Indigenous racism, to other forms of normalized bigotry, prejudice and bias, and to sexism, ableism, Eurocentrism.

“Your credentials are quite nice, and yes, more psychologists are needed in Germany, but we don’t have any Native clients.”

What’s wrong with this statement? Yet I’ve heard it time and time again, from supposed educated and non-racist people. Simply being Native in Germany, unless you’re dancing (oh wait, it has to be “traditional in feathers!” or in a job considered not academic, often finds you unemployed, politely rejected, even gently rebuked by puzzled professionals who are mystified how you, a psychologist, educator, professional who happens to be Native (or some other “non-white”) practitioner could possibly help their almost exclusively white clients. As if you being Native (or non-white) you are only able to help persons like yourself, in the way many of those prejudiced limited and compartmentalize themselves, excluding “Others”.

As if simply being non-white makes you less professional, less relevant, less well-read or that your methods (as if you haven’t studied the same materials as they the same 10+ years) are primitive even dangerous! When in fact, IN ADDITION to that, you have the experiences, observations, knowledge and intellect beyond theirs. They also know many of their clients or patients, or even other staff who are white German are unapologetically prejudiced against “Others”. So there are also times where you might be hired, but your co-workers treat you abysmally with the flippant comment, “Well, what did you expect!” or your work and person are so underappreciated and criticized, the emotional burden takes it toll. They also do this to “their own” also who might also try to improve racist, sexist, ableist, Eurocentic situations. “To name is the problem is to become the problem.”

So in this, they are failing their clients, don’t really want the best or better for their clients. Think this stuff through. It matters. It really does, but especially in psychology where non-European peoples have suffered greatly at the hands of psychiatrists and psychologists, many of whom are entrenched or apologists of racial hierarchies and eugenics. A pattern and history Germany shares with the USA.

But not only that, the abuses, subtle and unsubtle derision, dismissal and minimization are also heaped upon their own peoples and demographic group. There are many, many reasons why so many people distrust and avoid psychologists unless at extremis. I’ve heard so many horror stories. And the German equivalent of the USA’s Psychological Association, literally says on their website, unless its white psychology methods or beliefs, its dangerous! Deep deep racism and Eurocentrism.

“I can’t help you. I don’t come from an immigrant background” is a phrase actually told an ethnic professional by their therapist, who had taken their experiences personally and become angry, as if the client’s speaking about the racism they daily experienced was attacking her, the psychologist. Too many “western” practitioners with egoism and value system of self-centeredness, competitive and skeptical retraumatize their own patients, whatever their background or heritage. (Reference.)

And, of course, this is across all industries in western society but particularly done in an often polite yet still inherently brutal Eurocentric way in Germany. Whether you’re trained as an artist, an engineer, or whatever, these fear based privileged practices that revel in stereotyping and (mis)labeling are a huge part of the continuing and actually rising normalized (and structual) racism, hate, xenophobia and selfishness especially in this time of Corona Pandemic.

Tonight, 23 March! Online Screening & Discussion of #Documentary “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” – Part of “International Week again #Racism”

23 March 2021- Online Screening & Discussion of #Documentary “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” – Part of “International Week again #Racism”

Cordial invitation to the Public Film Screening “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” by director D.S. Red Haircrow, BSc., MA.

 

As part of the “International Weeks Against Racism,” in cooperation with Friedensau Adventist University, the award-winning documentary “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” (in English original with German subtitles) will be shown. The event is sponsored by “Demokratie leben! – Partnership for Democracy Burg and southern Jerichower Land”.

 

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert, LL.M.Eur., who also teaches human rights in the Department of Christian Social Work at Friedensau Adventist University, will be the moderator. She will be in conversation with director D.S. Red Haircrow, BSc., MA, writer, educator, psychologist and filmmaker, as well as Manuel Ricardo Garcia, TransActivist, Photoartist and winner of the 2011 Pride Photo Award.

 

The event will take place online, mostly in English, on Tuesday, 3/23/2021 at 7pm on the Zoom platform. With the attached Zoom link you will get the access information.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94893649622

After entering the waiting room you will be admitted.

You will need: PC/laptop/tablet or smartphone, stable internet connection, headset or alternatively headphones with microphone.

 

About the content:

“Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” (https://forgetwinnetou.com/) by Berlin-based director D.S. Red Haircrow, BSc., M.A. (https://redhaircrow.com/), (Writer, Psychologist, Educator & Filmmaker) is an award-winning documentary about racism, cultural appropriation and Eurocentrism from the perspective of Native Americans in Germany. In most films about Native Americans, European narratives or indigenous experiences in North America are rendered. This ignores the fact that Native Americans today also live in “Indian-crazy” Germany and are confronted with stereotypes based on Karl May’s Winnetou. The film will be made available as a vimeostream; participants admitted to the waiting room will be unlocked at the beginning of the screening.

 

Interested in screening “Forget Winnetou!”? Contact us for updated info on discussions, panels & organizing


Are you interested in hosting a screening for your organization, school or group? Vtape has a new pricing free for a one-time licensing fee. Please read more at their site, and read our FAQS page for helpful tips.

Vtape is our North American distributor offering us an open contract, we are still searching for a distributor specifically for Germany and Europe so more language options are possible for viewers. We are especially interested in DVD and Blu-ray distributors who offer options for individual buyers.

Red Haircrow, the director, is also available for lectures, discussions or panels on these are related topics. Read more about Mr. Haircrow’s professional background and research, which includes Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intergenerational Historical Trauma. Additionally, other participants in the film may also be available for events.


Our North American distributor, Vtape is an artist run, not-for-profit distributor committed to offering films to help create positive change and greater understanding between peoples. Why? Because the history and lives of Indigenous peoples have been misrepresented, misused and/or overlooked in western society, yet their treatment is indicative of the greatest injustice, inequity and inequality that is still being perpetuated not only against humans but against the earth itself.

“Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” is an award-winning documentary sharing the voices and perspectives of Natives and accurately informed persons who address these topics and more. Systemic racism, ableism, sexism, white supremacist ideology, Eurocentrism, cultural appropriation. These are all interconnected.

Our film is an honest and direct commentary not only of these issues, but the effects of apathy, minimization and ignoring how defending stereotyping or practices that harm, degrade and “other” continues the cycle of violence and erasure of marginalized and minoritized peoples and groups.

And how do we recreate, revive and renew our Earth, our spirits, our hearts, things that are critically necessary for our worlds survival? First, it is by recognizing, correcting and unlearning centuries of misinformation. Open your eyes. Open your hearts. Be a part of positive change that will benefit us all.

Watch trailers and extra scenes of the film at our Vimeo.

Success! Thank you to all who participated in our online screening & discussion event on 27 February

Thank you to all who participated in the film screening & discussion last night, “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” – Filmvorführung und -gespräch im Rahmen der Ausstellung “Schwarz ist der Ozean”. The transcript was saved so that any questions or comments that may have been missed or there wasn’t time to respond, will also be considered.

A huge thank you to Exil – Osnabrücker Zentrum für Flüchtlinge e.V. and the individuals who organized, moderated and provided technical support to our evening.

If you’re interested in organizing a screening and discussion for your group or organization, please check out our FAQs page & use our contact form.


A sample questions:

1. Is the film an analysis of Karl May’s work or the character of Winnetou? 

No. As our film synopsis states, this film is on a) racism, white supremacist ideology and/or Eurocentrism in the misuse of Natives and other peoples and their cultures, well-intentioned or not, b) the effects of such behaviors and connection to other contemporary issues, and c) on correcting commonly believed stereotypes by providing accurate knowledge about Natives primarily from Natives.

Interviewed for “Ich bin kein Kostum!” #CulturalAppropriation #Racism & #Discrimination in #Germany – Airing 13 Feb on #3Sat

Karnevalsverein -De Poller Böschräuber. No copyright infringement intended, please visit the main website accessed from the link in the post.

Airing 13 February 2021 at 19:20, “Ich bin kein Kostüm!” a documentary by Karsen Gravert, ZDF and Tobias Winkler / Kobalt Productions. I was interviewed along with other educators and specialists on the topics of cultural appropriation, discrimination and the real effects of racism, privilege and apathy in Germany. Will it be a hardline based on our commentary or another apologist or “There’s good people on both sides” type of production? We’ll see.

“Sollten sich weiße Schauspieler das Gesicht schwarz schminken? Sollte man Dreadlocks tragen? Sollte man sich beim Fasching mit “Indianer”-Federn schmücken? Nein, sagen Vertreterinnen und Vertreter ethnischer Minderheiten. Karsten Gravert lässt in der 3satKulturdoku “Ich bin kein Kostüm! Die Debatte um kulturelle Aneignung”, am Samstag, 13. Februar 2021, 19.20 Uhr, in Erstausstrahlung in 3sat, alle Seiten dieser Diskussion zu Wort kommen.

Die deutsche Liebe zur Indianerverkleidung reproduziere rassistische Stereotype, sagt der Native American Dokumentarfilmer Red Haircrow. Auch wenn es aus Bewunderung heraus geschehe – ob bei den Karl-May-Spielen oder beim Karneval. Alexander Klaws meint: “Wenn sich mein Sohn als Indianer verkleidet, dann macht er das, weil er das toll findet. Ich möchte mich verkleiden, eine Feder tragen und diese Welt, diese Kultur damit ehren. Wie soll ich bitte meinem Sohn erklären, dass er das nicht darf?”


ENGLISH

“Should white actors put black makeup on their faces? Should people wear dreadlocks? Should people adorn themselves with “Indian” feathers at carnival? No, say representatives of ethnic minorities. In the 3sat cultural documentary “Ich bin kein Kostüm! Die Debatte um kulturelle Aneignung”, on Saturday, February 13, 2021, 7:20 p.m., first broadcast on 3sat, all sides of this discussion have their say.

The German love of Indian dress reproduces racist stereotypes, says Native American documentary filmmaker Red Haircrow. Even if it’s out of admiration, he says – whether at the Karl May plays or at carnival. Alexander Klaws says, “When my son dresses up as an Indian, he does it because he thinks it’s great. I want to dress up, wear a feather and honor this world, this culture with it. How am I supposed to explain to my son that he’s not allowed to do that?”

DO YOUR JOB TO NOT PERPETUATE RACISM AND EUROCENTRISM, AND TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHER CULTURES AND PEOPLES! It’s NOT HARD.

READ MORE ABOUT THE PRODUCTION HERE.