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. Stereotypes: which have been and are the basis of every kind of discrimination, prejudice, oppression and genocide.

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

“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.

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/.

“Native Hobbyism is Modern-Day Colonialism”-Our Latest article at CBC, Jan.26th

Red Haircrow was recently invited to write a counter-point essay for CBC, following my participant in the CBC.Docs documentary that premiered Jan.28th on Canadian television. Last July in Berlin, Red sat down with indigenous writer Drew Hayden Taylor on his search to understand why so many Germans choose to appropriate native cultures and/or dressing up and pretending to be “Indians”. The article was published on January 26th, ‘Native Hobbyism’ is Modern Day Colonialism. and specifically discusses how the effects of such practices, especially on Natives living in Germany, are overlooked by both non-natives and natives, which we explore in our own documentary.

“Indigenous North Americans who live abroad often deal with rejection from relatives who only support or recognize those who choose to live in North America. They report negative experiences such as abandonment, disrespect of their heritage and lack of cultural support. This trauma leads to depression, anxiety and frustration because Indigenous living in Europe can’t simply be themselves.”

Red Haircrow’s Interview for #Documentary “Searching for Winnetou” Debuts Jan. 28th

Director Red Haircrow appears in the trailer and documentary debuting on Jan. 28th on CBC Docs. It follows Drew Hayden Taylor’s “search” in Germany on the “why” of hobbyism. He was also invited to write a counter-point essay that will be published next week at CBC.

Our film, which is the “flip side”, on natives living Germany, the repercussions and realities of how appropriation and Native stereotypes heavily affects their life, etc. very different from occasional visitors or contract performers, debuts on Feb. 11th. Forget Winnetou- A Documentary Film at the Delphi Theater in Berlin.

“That’s a Wrap!” Photos from Sept. 30th Finale Scene Shoot in #Berlin


A sincere thank you to everyone who came out to participate and help with filming great scenes that will be included in our film and production extras for the DVD! It was a beautiful and sunny afternoon in Germany, beside the picturesque Tegelsee in Berlin. As I am almost exclusively “behind the camera”, it was nice to finally see myself in photos, which were taken by Viveka Frost and Haven Smith, who are part of our team.

New Trailer, Updates & Team Members

The new trailer for “Forget Winnetou!” is here. Deutsch version can be found at this link. This is the longer, explanatory trailer, but we will do a short teaser (50-59s), too. Thank you to all the participants and constructive feedback, and we look forward to sharing the finished documentary with everyone in December!

NEWS

I’m excited to announce all official filming was completed on 31 July, and project “Forget Winnetou!” has entered post-production stage!

Our funding campaign goal unfortunately wasn’t met here on Indiegogo, but for me, Red Haircrow, this in no way affected my enthusiasm and commitment to finishing the project in a timely way, because I feel it is a critically needed message for NOW. Again, thank you, for the contributions you made.

However, because the campaign goal was not met, former co-director Timo Kiesel decided he could not commit equal time to the project, in favor of other choices. So, the actual documentary film will be directed and produced by me, Red Haircrow. Due to our earlier collaboration, Timo will be listed as associate producer, and will have selective contribution following post-production.

TEAM MEMBERS

I am pleased to announce  the addition of two team members, Johnny Clyde and Viveka Frost. Johnny is Purepecha American, and Viveka has Indigenous Venezuelan roots, both are artists, composers, and filmmakers, part of whose work is listed at IMDb. They are also interviewees for the documentary, who currently reside in Berlin.
 

 

#Documentary Participants: Upcoming & Recent Interviews for “Forget Winnetou!”

  •  Dr. Harmut Lutz, German author on the “Indianthusiasm” phenomenon, and professor at University of Szczecin.
  • Dr. Frank Usbeck, German author and professor at Leipzig University.
  • Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, of Middle Eastern descent and German citizen, author, feminist, activist on cultural appropriation, anti-racism & more.
  • Donna Fann-Boyle, Native activist, mother and long-time campaigner against native mascots, seen in the documentary, The R-Word. See their trailer here.