The Local Crank

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Friday, August 24, 2007

Cultural Strip-Mining

From American Indians in Children's Literature (a web-site I cannot recommend highly enough, particularly for educators), this review of a book that desecrates (and there is no other word) a very profound and sacred Cherokee tale of creation, traditionally shared at Selutsunigististi (the Green Corn Ceremony). Just as Indian names and likeneses do not exist just to create "mascots" for sports teams, sacred stories, rituals and sacred items do not exist to provide "quaint" entertainment for non-Indians.

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