Killing the white man's red man
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#1 Oct 3, 2009
Excellent. Some missing bits but just marvy. There is another conclusion for foreign audiences though.
A few years back, I was in South Africa to work and to attend the marriage of some friends. It was a couple of months after SA's first elections in 1994. Families and friends poured in from all over the country into the wine country north of Cape Town. The place was also crawling with little kids.
At the reception afterward, the music started and people started partying and dancing. It seemed they all knew ballroom dances like the waltz and tango, everyone but me - the Mohawk. I stood on the sidelines and was surprised, then intriqued, because a lot of these kids came up to me, would reach out to touch me, then run away.
A friend told me, "They heard you're a "red Indian," as they called Native Americans. Then she explained a legend or myth, about something called the Atcha-American (or something like that) and the fascination that people in SA had for Native Americans.
"We would watch all of those awful American western movies, about cowboys and the Indigenous peoples (the word "native" had a strong negative connotation). But the one thing that we remembered from all of those movies was that the Indigenous peoples fought back. We all remembered that above all."
#3 Oct 3, 2009
#6 Oct 3, 2009
be abundantly clear when you look in the mirror.
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