“‘Native’ Hobbyism is Modern Day Colonialism”-My new article at CBC

I was recently invited to write a counter-point essay for CBC, following my participant in the CBC.Docs documentary that premieres today on Canadian television. Last July in Berlin, I  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 […]

“Pretendians”: Why Offensive to Indigenous As A Whole

A brief reference, but a reference, in the July/August edition of Mother Jones Magazine article “Last of the Munichans” with photos by a colleague, Canadian photographer Jen Osborne. While it is absolutely true that some Germans (or other Europeans) are sincerely looking for connection to native peoples, wishing to learn different, healthy ways of living, […]

The Same Story, the Same People: Cultural Misappropriation

To try to help some natives place this in perspective, and the vehement hobbyist deniers or passive dismissive others: Replace the references, and the message is the same and its the same people doing the indigenous or cultural misappropriation. From the article, “Why I Can’t Stand White Belly Dancers” by Randa Jarrar. “(European Indian hobbyists) […]

“A Star Trek Convention For Native Enthusiasts…” My Article at Indian Country Today

Published on 24 February at Indian Country Today Media Network, it’s based on observations from myself and my son when visiting the “native inspired” event called the “Winter Pow-wow 2014” that took place in Berlin, Germany just over a week earlier. As usual, there are hobbyists who take offense to any critique of their activities, […]