For Deutsch speakers, a new article in OYA magazine by Sönke Bernhardi on cultural appropriation and misuse of Native spirituality by the Left, liberal and “eco-movement” groups. It’s titled “Vergesst Winnetou!” and available also for reading at our German website here.
A short excerpt: “Bald darauf entdeckte ich die Subkultur der Gemeinschaftsbewegung und Ökodörfer – und da war es wieder,
das »indianische Erbe« in Form von Redestabkreisen und
Schwitzhütten inklusive Salbeiräucherung. So aufregend
und wohltuend das alles war, drängten sich mir doch weitere
Fragen auf: Was ist mit den »echten« Indianern? Gibt
es sie noch? Was würden sie wohl zu unseren Schwitzhütten
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.”
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.
Director Red Haircrow was interviewed by Ojibwe playwright, author & filmmaker Drew Hayden Taylor on his upcoming documentary on the Winnetou phenomenon, which releases in Canada on 7 January 2018. Learn more about the prolific indigenous Canadian writer who grew up on the Curve Lake reserve.
Afterwards, the crew relaxed for casual conversation and coffee at Ahorn Café in the Berlin Kreuzberg area.