On the subject of stereotyping Native Americans…the Ms. Universe Contest, Turtle Talk, pro & con

  • As a 1st Nations person, I see nothing wrong with this form of regalia in this competion, it is a fluff competion anyway…
    It is not all that much different than 1st Nations regalia I viewed when I was at Turtle Island in Ottawa, Ontario with Canadian powwow tourism advertisements.
    People should be more concerned in Canada that Steven Harper just threw their right to privacy out the window, bowing to US concerns over terrorism.
    Terrorism is one thing, right to privacy is another…
    This little outfit in the future maybe the least of everyones concern.

  • Unfortunately, the prevailing attitudes in Canada that allow this behaviour to be seen as ‘ok’ will also deem it ‘ok’ when the Harper government uses those new anti-terrorism laws domestically against First Nations peoples.

    Also, it isn’t about what the regalia ‘looks like’ – it is about the disrespect shown towards our peoples. Give your head a shake!


    • So, Mr B…who exactly are your people, & what have you done personally recently for THEM….

    • Is her dress supposed to be a tipi?

    • Mr Trimble, if you cant tell, best to say nothing….

    • Your comment is awaiting moderation….not here, this is my blog! 

      I think Turtle Talk is great, getting Aboriginal issues of importance out into the mainstream….its a great medium for all of us commenting on this competition issue to agree to disagree, that is what is so wonderful about Canada & the US, their diversity…and, for the time being, freedom of opinion, speech & ideas…negative or positive!

      • It was a link to NPR, gossip and all.


      • ilpc

        And Turtle Talk has a pretty long history of publishing both law posts and social commentary….


      • There were many other very negative & rude comments by people who would not & could not ever compete in a Ms Universe contest, (Ms Congeneality, NOT! LOL!) needless to say…their opinions are just that….opinions.

      • I, HakiktaWin, have very traditional 1st Nations regalia which is very authentic, but now days many Native people just cant afford real leather, beads & feathers for their regalia, though they do go to powwows & compete there for prizes for dancing, regalia, etc…participate in Sun Dance Ceremony, & other ceremonies, & no one says anything about that….

      • So when I see someones interpretation of Native dress, I have kindness & compassion for their attempt at making & wearing Native-1st Nations regalia…

      • For such a long, long time… even our own people would not recongize their own Native blood…back then it wasnt cool to be 1st Nations….if you could pass for White-Wasciu…you did it, because…. it was easier than being Native. (Something that has been suggested to me many times, but I have always been proud to be Lakota, & always will be!)

      • Immitation, they say….is the best form of flattery.

      • No one said much about the hippy era…of them wearing our 1st Nations style of clothing, yet I see here many negative comments about someone elses perspective, some…like Mr.Trimble, whom I previously admired for his verbal combat with Tim Giago…the two now appear to be cut from the same cloth.

      • Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder….

      • Oh, & by the way, Mr B…bite me!

      • You sound like a bleeding heart liberal, just like the ones who thought AIM was COOL, & role Models & Heros for our 1st Nations children.

      • AIMsters are murderers, liars, thieves, rapists, pedofiles & drug runners…so this little dress here isnt any big thang…get your priorities straight & give YOUR head a shake, & stop bitching…… & do something positive…I have.

      • Pilamayaye yelo, Wakan Tanka!  

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3 Responses to On the subject of stereotyping Native Americans…the Ms. Universe Contest, Turtle Talk, pro & con

  1. About only Cher wearing a feather headress…I was given mine when I
    was quite young (3yrs old)…and, put on me by Benjamin Black Elk, son of Nicolas Black Elk, in 1958…Paha Sapa, in the Black Hills…
    Nowdays our 1st Nations people say there were no women who wore war bonnets or head dresses…but, I beg to differ, as the photo shows in my photo album on FaceBook.
    I kinda like being a half-breed, I can see both sides of the issues facing 1st Nations people today…
    By the way Chuckie, you look alittle on the pale side yourself, but it doesnt make you less Lakota does it, if it does…read AIMs blood quantum here on my WordPress blog, not enough 1st Nations blood with all of them combined together to have a decent nose bleed!
    It isnt how much you have, its what you do with it….


  2. Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be rem…embered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: – Knowing when to come in out of the rain; – Why the early bird gets the worm; … – Life isn’t always fair; – And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies, don’t spend more than you can earn and adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as some churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and I’m A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on…

    This is for all of you who couldnt find something good to say….


  3. As one of our best global investigators, Keya Cannunpa Win (been on the team since 2005-2006) and I HakiktaWin mused together a few days ago….
    We have come along way, babies…standing in our truth & serving Creator/Wakan Tanka/Jesus Christ, exposing the Spiritually Wicked in High Places!
    We have made the most progress since Wakan Tanka/Jesus Christ sent Richard “Red Eagle” Boyden to unite & lead us, “Spiritual Warrior’s of Christ” to battle the Illuminati Syndicate of Satan’s darkness, evil & corruption wherever the evidence & money trail leads us….
    We, nor Christ shall be defeated!
    Pilamayaye yelo, Wakan Tanka!
    Hechetu elo!
    Hoka Hey!
    Aug.28, 2016
    Truth stands the test of time!
    As well as the Gift of Prophesy, eh?


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