NEW! From Flying With Red Haircrow Productions, the interview trailer for Forget Winnetou: Going beyond #NativeAmerican #Stereotypes in #Germany. Coming in 2017, it’s the fruition of years of work and experiences, from myself and colleague Timo Kiesel.
“Native stereotypes damage everyone, especially young people, especially in a country with a genocidal history. It teaches its okay to be culturally abusive to others and perpetuate misconceptions. Winnetou is the ultimate native stereotype.”
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“Forget Winnetou: Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany” is an upcoming documentary by Timo Kiesel & Red Haircrow. Exploring themes of racism, stereotyping and erasure that Native Americans face living and working in Germany, despite German fascination with the indigenous peoples of North America.
Because many “others” “foreigners” specific ethnicities, and in this case “Indianer” or Native American Indians are only presented in shows, as entertainment, as costumed figures who are there to entertain Germans in some way…stereotypes abound here, and are expected and even demanded. Often you see the same rapt look and desire: “Teach us! Show us! Make us laugh with wonder! Cry with excitement, shudder with amazement, dread, outrage (as to native treatment of the past)” but whatever it is, they want what they want.
For Native Americans they expect, with very clear stereotype guidelines, how you should look, speak, engage, too. If you don’t look, act or perform as they expect, they are disappointed, dejected and dissatisfied. You must meet their expectations or you are not “real”, you are not “authentic.” Continue reading