Drove over to Wickenburg last night and rode in the annual Gold Rush Days Parade this morning. Pictures to follow.
I've been thinking a lot lately about the portrayal of In-dins in movies and how they so rarely are portrayed with a sense of humor. They weren't all stoic-stick-in-the-muds, you know:
Boy Howdy, Yuma Bill Rowdy
The Hualapais I grew up with are very funny. On this note, I received the following from Kid Raven (Thom Ross):
Hey Triple-B from Ol' AZ -
How about a funny Indian? Has there EVER been one or did they ALL wander around talking in a kind of stilted language that would lead one to believe that they ALL read nothing but Kahlil Gibran?
"Jackson Two-Bears" in "Cat Ballou" was funny.
"Nobody" (Gary Farmer) was a riot in "Dead Man"
And as I recall Rodney Grant showed some humor towards Kevin Costner as they recounted the buffalo hunt that night.
Or maybe it is just that when Indians got into the company of white guys they didn't find anything funny.
That "hemaneh" (however you spell that word that means bi-sexual) "Little Horse" in "Little Big Man" was funny in a kind of way that one associates with gay men....so I don't know if that counts.
And "Old Lodge Skins" (Chief Dan George) showed great humor in both "Little Big Man" and "Jose Wales"
but other then that, Indians either WEREN'T funny or, sadly, our stereotypical image of an Indian is now seen as a laconic and world-weary philosopher.
And you can't forget the Hakowee Indians from "F Troop".......they were a riot in a New York/Jewish sort of way!
I want funnier Indians!
"There is a limitless supply of white men. There has always been a limited number of human beings."
—Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George), in "Little Big Man"
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