Friday, May 11, 2007

Vashty Cowboys and Indians

Rick and I head to Serbia this weekend, so we'll be missing the Amerikai Rodeo.

Let me back up a minute, cause I've got a story about this.

Not long ago, Nate and I checked out City Park. The park's most famous sight is a fake castle: one of those 19th century protodisney deals slapped up for an exposition and left to permanently tickle the city's fancy. On our way to see the fake castle, we see some fake Cowboys.


They're cruising Andrassy like it's the strip between 7-11 and Taco Bell. What could possibly make this more bizarre? Oh yeah:

Monster trucks.

In the park, we run into The Fake Indians. Now, I don't have a picture of this, so you'll have to imagine. They wear war paint, fringed buckskin, huge feather headdresses, beaded necklaces, moccasins--everything but bows and arrows. They dance in a pow-pow-ish circle, war whooping. Their soundtrack? Ancient Cherokee Anthem "The Sound of Silence," played on pan pipes with a Mystical Synthesizer Backtrack. Why pan pipes? THEY'RE FREAKING PERUVIAN. Why Simon and Garfunkel? I can't help you with that. I mean, why Ace of Base? (Q: Do they play "All that She Wants?" A: Need You ask?)

I see the Ersatz Indians everywhere, ALL THE TIME. Their fake-o appropriation of another culture's stereotype makes me so mad I feel the need to either fight them or make a documentary about them.

While I was foaming at the mouth and pawing at the ground, Nate lightened the mood a bit:

"If they call themselves Indians, they should go fight those cowboys!!"

Now that I'd pay to see.

5 comments:

Michelle said...

Why have I never seen these Indians? Oh man, I want to see them. I want to give them a tape of Frank Sinatra's "Indian Summer" and see them try to dance to that!

Carl Gancher said...

Hi Sarah,
Uncle Carl here. I love the image of the Indians, as done the Hungarian way. But it makes a lot of sense. They adore horses. They are playful. And they love things Amerikan. So the Rodeo concept is given a cartoon mythic gloss, and their take on American history is celebrated in those exaggerations.
Cool.
Carl

Melissa said...

so many days since last blog post

Justk said...

Now, tell me again-- exactly what was the history between the Hungarians and the Confederacy?

molly schnick said...

Hi sarah-
I've been thinking about you and wondering what you're up to so I googled you and found this blog. So cool that you're living there and making music. Email me if you feel like it, I'd love to catch up- Molly oopnoop@gmail.com