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A Native Perspective on 'Cowboys and Findians'

Society & Culture  (tags: tv, the first nations, indian, natives, mtv, finland, finnish, satire, racism, Racism in America, native, Native American News )

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The episode, which portrayed four Finnish actors seeking to become American Indians through a series of dangerous and life-threatening stunts, created such an uproar across Indian country that there were protests and online petitions threatening boycotts,


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Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 4:44 pm
Within the story it said:
“The Dudesons” cast members, who proclaimed they wanted to become “the toughest of the tough, the bravest of the brave,” to become Indians, rode a canoe down a canyon into trash cans, jumped off a roof onto a metal drum fashioned into a horse, waited as a totem pole crashed into their crotch and caught fish in their teeth among other antics.

They want to know what it is like, perhaps they should of spoken to the Elders on the Rez. This program was a mockery of people who have had enough to endure since the invaders came here. Perhaps if they spent a winter on the Pine Ridge Rez, figure out how to heat their home on income that is the lowest of the nation, live on next to nothing and watch those around you die from lack of health care, food, and hope, then maybe they may get a taste of what it is like.

Go back to Finland where you at least have health care for all and don't support these Producers of the USA who don't understand jack squat what they are doing.

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 8:16 pm
Thanks Kelly, and thanks Dandelion, for forwarding.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 4:52 am
I was a fan of the show before this episode. I literally couldn't believe my eyes! While I don't think the Dudesons themselves are smart enough to understand what they were doing (they probably have a collective IQ of 50,) executives and everyone else involved in the process did. Of course that was the last episode for me.

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 5:40 am
I never even heard of this show. I can't believe everyone was criticizing Saginaw Grant for his part in the series. He is an actor and was doing his job, putting food on his families table. If something is offensive, don't watch it. If there are children present, don't let them watch or else educate them about satire. Personally, I wouldn't ever watch the show. It would be like watching Glenn Beck "reporting" the news.

Veronica G (108)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 8:59 am
This type of programme sounds to be typical of the lack of respect for Native Americans, which appears to be rife in US.
I only learned so much recently through Care2 and Sheryl, who is a great teacher - her comments are so meaningful (though I sense a lot of justifiable anger, in there!) x

Mike H (252)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 9:02 am
What do you expect from MTV?

Trish K (93)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 2:29 pm
I support this actor but I won't support MTV. Can't leave it with the channel getting the biggest letters on the page.
Support Native Culture- Support Saginaw Grant

Liliana D (125)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 3:10 am
Noted, thanks Kelly for the post and Dandelion for forwarding.

Patricia Lopez (11)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 5:50 pm
I have been with and for AIM for many years.I learned a lot.Certainly not to disrespect elders,to respect all nature,mother Earth,and to help our people where we can.Now to address our purposes,and before you criticize our cause,you better do some more research.
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