And don’t dare say, “You have to be patient, these things take time”. Why? Because that is solely based on White time and privilege. They don’t need any praise for this either, many treated the topic and Natives shamefully. And the continued minimization of stereotypes and hobbyism (by some Natives, too), and the objectification and dehumanization of Native peoples, cultures and histories that is common and accepted in Germany was what facilitated and kept their human remains away from their ancestral lands and family for so long. There’s apathy but also resentment and outrage that anyone dare challenge German culture (!!) of….racism, which is what appropriation, caricatures, and misrepresentation of Natives and “others” is classified under.
I am very glad the Native nation and families finally will have their relative repatriated, but the length of time and the fact a human scalp had been on display and no one thought about anything about it but “Wow!” until someone finally questioned. A visiting American, who contacted me searching for wider coverage and Native contact on the issue.
Please check out the article at DEUTSCHE WELLE, and the video from 2014 where my interview begins around 3:00. It goes to show how little the topic of racism, Eurocentrism and imperialism are seriously discussed relating to (mis)use of Native peoples, cultures and histories in Germany. I already had links to this older interview anyway. On personal note is I am glad I have lost a good deal of weight since then.
This situation somewhat set the stage for me to pursue to completion my documentary on hobbyism, cultural appropriation and racism in Germany.
FORGET WINNETOU! LOVING IN THE WRONG WAY (2018). Check it out!
My past articles and appearances on the topic of these human remains:
- Karl May Museum’s Lastest on Human Remains? WE Decide, Not You. We’re in Control. #Repatriation
- Agreement Reached Regarding Scalps At Karl May Museum
- “Karl May Museum Refuses Return of Native Scalps”
- Public Statement: The Karl May Festival, Museum & Repatriation Situation
- Battle Over an Ojibwe Scalp