SXSW 2019

Playing Indian & Other Racist Nonsense


From long before there has been a US of A, there has been plenty of stereotypical and racist concepts about Native American cultures made and perpetuated by non-Natives. Scalping, 'off the reservation', 'Indian giver', wearing headdresses at festivals, skull in a headdress images, having a 'great great great grandma who's Cherokee' and hypersexualized costumes are the tip of the iceberg. The music industries of the West and Japan have been complicit in promoting that negativity. It's time to stop and evaluate what is appropriate and why positive representation is necessary. Learn about examples of appropriation in the industry and how 'but I'm part Native' is not a pass. If you've ever thought of, created, or promoted anything remotely 'Native themed', this panel is for you.

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Meta Information:

  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Music Industry & Culture
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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