Fascinating article about Edward Curtis, whose photographs of American Indians are instantly familiar to us all. (Hat tip to Newspaper Rock!)
Curtis’ images of Indians are burned into the hearts and minds of many Americans to this day. They are also at the center of controversy.
The photos are so luminous and exquisitely composed that it is impossible to imagine the disputation that rages around them. Curtis started as a society photographer in Seattle, and his portraits of Indians are as stunning as those he might have taken of big-wigs…
Curtis’ images have not been universally welcomed in Indian country. Many Indians — and non-Indian scholars — object to Curtis’ methods, even if the results are stunning. For instance, Curtis arranged many of the photos carefully and at times ludicrously. His Hopi women ground corn in ceremonial dress, and he sometimes clothed individuals in items from other tribes.
Still, as UCSD scholar Ross Frank and Heidi Wigler, the Wangenheim librarian point out, Curtis’ legacy is troubling on more serious grounds. Curtis “collected” people, their dwellings, and their material culture (baskets, clothing, cradleboards, for instance). Anthropologists shelved Indians and their artifacts in museums — thousands of Indian remains rested in museums until repatriation — but Curtis froze them in images. “His approach was anthropological, he wanted to capture an ideal in a pure form, as if the outside world didn’t exist,” says Wigler. Continue reading →
Hat tip to Angry Asian Man and Mike Kang for this one! Apparently MadTV did this spoof of Korean dramas awhile back. Even as someone who hasn’t watched any (though I’ve seen plenty of Hong Kong and Japanese dramas, and I have a feeling they are somewhat similar stylistically) this is pretty damn funny. Love the long subtitles whizzing by. And Bobby Lee and Sung Kang are hilarious.
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“THREE of Angelina Jolie’s bodyguards have been arrested after allegedly calling bystanders “bloody Indians” during a film shoot at a Muslim school in Mumbai… One of the British-born guards reportedly made a gesture…indicating…that he would like to
Hat tip to Newspaper Rock! ” Buffalo, teepees, cacti, Indians on horseback with feathered headdresses – this is Roy Lichtenstein? It is indeed, and you can find the proof in “Roy Lichtenstein: American Indian Encounters,” the exhibit that now fills the Pa
Update on the horrific case we told you about last year. “A teenager whom prosecutors described as a white supremacist was sentenced Friday to life in prison for a savage attack on a Hispanic boy at a party…”
“Denzel Washington, Cuba Gooding Jr., Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood are among the principal players in a new audio Bible released by Zondervan, one of the world’s largest publishers of religious books. The voice of God? Samuel L. Jackson.
” these ideals are frequently contradicted by practical reality, especially in times of war against foreign powers…Second, hopefully such American ideals will not veer too much into nationalistic ideology, such as some proclamation that American society
“Chain Hang Low,” a song by a St. Louis teenager named Jibbs that is all the rage on the record charts and on YouTube, the online video service. The song is an anthem to flashy jewelry set to the tune of “Turkey in the Straw” (Do your chain hang low? Do i
Apparently Michael Richards, who played Kramer on Seinfeld, went on a racist tirade on Friday at Los Angeles’s Laugh Factory after a black audience member heckled him.You can check out a really grainy video (must’ve been on a cell phone or something) here, but below is the gist of the tirade. From TMZ.com:
The camera started rolling just as Richards began his attack, screaming at one of the men, “Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass.”
Richards continued, “You can talk, you can talk, you’re brave now motherf**ker. Throw his ass out. He’s a nigger! He’s a nigger! He’s a nigger! A nigger, look, there’s a nigger!”
The crowd is visibly and audibly confused and upset. Richards responds by saying, “They’re going to arrest me for calling a black man a nigger.”
Ah yes, the good ole days when we could casually assault or kill blacks without fear of punishment or social ostracization.
But hey, I’m sure Richards didn’t really mean it. He was probably just drunk or something.
Update: Check out what other bloggers are saying about the tirade.
Former boxing champion Mike Tyson is to become a male escort after agreeing to work at legendary Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss’ new legalized brothel for women. Fleiss bought 60 acres of land in Nevada, and his work is scheduled to begin on Heidi’s Stud Farm.
She has high hopes for Tyson, once heavyweight champion of the world – despite the fact he is a convicted rapist.
She says, “I told him, ‘You’re going to be my big stallion.’ It’s every man’s fear that their girlfriend will go for Mike Tyson.”
Tyson, 40, adds, “I don’t care what any man says, it’s every man’s dream to please every woman – and get paid for it.”
Thank you Kanye! Just when I was questioning the purpose of my existence, you came along and let me know exactly why mixed race women like me were put on this earth: to shake our asses in your music videos! From Media Take Out:
You knew it was coming. Kanye West seems to have put his foot in his mouth again. MediaTakeOut.com has learned that in an upcoming interview with Essence magazine, the hip hop star came down with a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth.
According to a person close to the Essence story, Kanye reportedly told the magazine, “If it wasn’t for race mixing, there’d be no video girls.”
Then, as if his first comment wasn’t offensive enough, Kanye referred to biracial women as dogs. The rapper told, “Me and most of my friends like mutts a lot … Yeah, in the hood they call ’em mutts.”
Thanks Sandra! “Even though the school was overwhelmingly Hispanic and black, white parents could get their children into all-white classes. And once placed, the students would have little interaction with the rest of the students.”
“Nicolas Cage has signed up for a big-screen adaptation of “The Sadhu” comic-book series, which tells the story of a soldier in colonial India who becomes a spiritual warrior. Cage…will play the lead role of James Jenson in the movie, which melds action