Walking back to my car on Saturday from a second round of snaps of the Buffalo Bill reenactment on the beach (covered in my Sept 11 & 13 posts, below), I came across several Native Americans who were speaking out against the exhibit.
Their view was that Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show was just the Indian version of the Black minstrel shows popular in the late 1800s, and were degrading and exploitive to Native Americans. Apparently there were many similar traveling shows in the late 1800s with circus-like performances.
I talked with Antonio Gonzales from the American Indian Movement, below, and he made a lot of excellent points. Don’t agree with all of them, but the majority were persuasive.
Rather than report what he said, click the play icon to listen to his speech as it left his bullhorn:
A few minutes after he was through, a tourist came up apparently unaware of what he was saying and said, ”Are you the artist who made those nice figures down there on the beach, I really love them!”
Everyone was incredulous with mouths open on that…
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