A part of the program Courage: SEE! Know, See, Act:
“As part of the cultural programme (#courage2018), attention is drawn to numerous events of cultural and educational institutions in Dresden, which deal with the topics of civil courage, integration and racism, but also with exclusion, affiliation and discrimination. These invite to change the own point of view. Thus, the events allow to experience different facets of Courage, for example at concerts, film screenings or exhibitions. In addition, the cultural programme invites you to become active yourself, for example in the context of discussions, interactive performances and encounters.” TU Dresden School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Check out many other authors & director Red Haircrow’s review of “Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of #Indigenous America” by Barbara Alice Mann (Seneca) in NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies’s latest journal, Vol.5.1 2018, at the University of Minnesota. Copies available here https://www.upress.umn.edu/journal-division/journals/nais
An excerpt: “Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath” is a collection of different and sometimes distinct indigenous perceptions, stories, legends and, while some people might call them myths, as in fiction, these are histories and explanations orally passed down that are believed true or are rooted in truth. As the aphorism states, “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Yet this book is more than a systematic gathering of related information primarily on serpents and thunderbirds or sky and earth beings, none unique or forbidden because it is all available if you know where to look, and far more than a work detailing then condemning European proclivities, past or present. It is correction by example, of misattribution, mislabeling, and at times a “blow-by-blow” timeline of western interference and biased disdain for actual native wisdom and realities, while conversely other Europeans appropriated and erased.”
In Berlin on 29 October, starting at 20:00 at the Babylon Cinema, my documentary film will screen at this film festival. Myself and members of the film team, and hopefully some participants also will be there to present and see it on the big screen again. Please visit their website, as well as the theater site for more details and information on the venue and other films being shown. http://www.refugeesfilmfest.com or in the Website of Babylon Cinema: https://babylonberlin.eu.
The topic of refugees, “migrants” and the backlash of hatred, intolerance and xenophobia that continues to be a big problem in Germany, might topically seem unrelated to Native Americans or German enthusiasm and appropriation of “native cultures”. However, it is very much connected to the issues of racism and modern colonialism that plague western society. Here is an entry letter to the festival, as we realized (and have experienced) that many Europeans, Germans especially, automatically reject any criticism or connection of stereotypes to continuing historical harm.
I am Red Haircrow, the director and producer of this attached film submission. At first glance, it may not seem to fit the description of your festival, but very much due to its material and participants, I feel it may be given consideration due to its honest discussion of stereotyping of people of color, foreigners and those who are “Othered” in German society.
Our film’s interviewees contrast Germany’s treatment of its “favorite” foreigners, Native American Indians vs. the daily racism, discrimination and aggression less flavored “others”, such as refugees and migrants often receive. It also specifically discusses how white foreigners are “expats”, but people of color are “migrants”. A different standard is applied. So, the topics of Eurocentrism, colonialist history and beliefs, nationalism and racism when one does not fit the favored stereotype is considered. Also the role of spectator or voyeur some Europeans have to migration stories and the personal and/or national tragedies that people searching for better and safer lives may bring with them.
Great to be part of a film festival with so much enthusiasm, taking place at Bluewater Cinemas in Parker, Arizona. If you’re in the area and have time, check out some of the great films and shorts that will be available! Please visit their website or Facebook page for more details.
We were so pleased to be selected for the Indigenous Film Festival 2018, where our documentary screened on August 2nd at Billy Mills Hall on Pine Ridge. We hoped it simulated some good conversations, and I consider us lucky to be included next to so many wonderful Native films, animations and music videos.
Pleased to announce our small part in the upcoming new exhibition on race at the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden, Germany. Some of our film footage will be part of a critically needed discussion on the origins of the race myth, and the subsequent creation and uses of stereotypes within the white supremacist power structures and institutional racism that is standard operating procedure for European run countries, (descendants or directly) wherever they are in the world. Facebook event.
The exhibition will be available to the public, 19 May 2018- 6 January 2019.
“Most films concentrate only on Native experience in North America, but there are Natives abroad, and being “loved in the wrong way” in “Indian crazy” Germany has many forms, ranging from laughable to offensive. Yet all are the flip side of the same racist, not-yet-post-colonial coin.”
If you’re interested in screening our film at your university, group or organization, contact us with your offer or ideas.
Crew & Details
Director & Producer Red Haircrow
Editor Red Haircrow
Composer Johnny Clyde
Animation & Graphics Red Haircrow, Natasha John
Technical Support Johnny Clyde, Haven Smith, Viveka Frost
Languages English, German Subtitles English, German
Filming Locations Various in Germany; Oklahoma, USA; Tennessee, USA; Pennsylvania, USA: Washington, USA.
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.
A podcast is available of the presentation on the evening of 15 June 2017, at the Office of Social Science at Humboldt University in Berlin. Red Haircrow discusses stereotypes and misrepresentation of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples in film and other media. Thank you again to Decolonial AG for the opportunity!
15 June 2017- Directors Red Haircrow & Timo Kiesel will be at Institut für Sozialwissenschaften at Humboldt University in Berlin, to present “Representation Matters: Decolonizing Indigeneity”. Forget Winnetou.
For more information, please visit its Facebook event page, details in Deutsch and English. The presentation will be in both languages as well.
“Headdresses at carnival, childhood games, books sold by the millions for generations: iconic colonial racist imagery such as Karl May’s fictional character Winnetou keeps shaping our distorted images of indigenous North American cultures and histories. Together with author, film maker and psychological counselor Red Haircrow and with Timo Kiesel, film maker (“White Charity” 2011) and member of glokal e.V. we will discuss how representation of indigenous people and First Nations in the Americas and Germany are entangled with the material reality of social inequality and indigenous struggles for sovereignty, environmental justice and survival. The event is bilingual and located on ground level.”
Karnevalskostüme, Kindheitsspiele, Bücher in Millionenauflage seit Generationen: Kolonialrassistische Imaginationen mit Kultstatus wie jene rund um den fiktionalen Charakter Winnetou von Karl May prägen unser verzerrtes Bild indigener nordamerikanischer Kulturen und Geschichten. Gemeinsam mit dem Autor, Filmemacher und psychologischen Berater Red Haircrow und mit Timo Kiesel, Filmemacher („White Charity“ 2011) und Mitglied bei glokal e.V. wollen wir diskutieren, wie fremd- und selbstbestimmte Repräsentation von indigenous people und First Nations in Deutschland und den Amerikas mit der materiellen Realität sozialer Ungleichheit und mit indigenen Kämpfen um Souveränität, environmental justice und Überleben verwoben ist. Der Workshop ist zweisprachig. Der Ort ist ebenerdig zugänglich.”