Plus: a 3,100-mile race to transcendence.
Thanks to Bari and FP and Nancy Rommelmann and Tafv for this great read. I lived and worked on Rosebud (SD) for 25 years from the early 90's. Rez Dogs resonated as true in so many ways. All my friends lived for the next episode every week. An older movie of Sterlin Harjo is Mekko. It is a masterpiece in it's own way. My heart breaks to remember all the Elders I knew and loved who have gone on. They shared their stories and treated me as a relative. I am forever grateful.
On the 3100 mile race: I read an article in The Panama American Newspaper in 1959 about a world cyclist for peace, an Indian, Mishwal Giswal. He was a follower of Shamil Shamon (Idon't know if my spelling correct. It was a long time ago.)
Anyway my best friend and I were on the way to the interior of Panama and saw Mishwal peddling ahead of us. We stopped to talk to him and he gave us some pamphlets about the Shamil Shamon's peace initiative.. We offered to put his bicycle in the trunk and take him up the road but he refused. He was quite pleasant and I still think of him from time to time.
The upshot of all this is, the 3100 mile run for peace and Mishwal's ride are hollow gestures, well meaning but change nothing. The rainbow and unicorn crowd love BS like this.
These things don't bother me. They make me smile and shake my head.
I apologize because I know this is off topic. Matt Taibbi released The Westminster Declaration text and I was proud to see both Bari and Nellie list among the signatories (along with several other Substack writers). Thank you both for doing this. It’s cliche, but the rise of censorship really is taken straight from the pages of “1984”. This probably is at the top of my list of concerns. We can all push back in our own way, but I was encouraged to see so many people from all sides be willing to publicly endorse this statement.
Sorry. Killers of the Flower Moon was a boring movie. Reminds me of Heavens Gate. Scorscese knows alot about the Italian American idiom, mannerisms, speech patterns, dialogue - but nothing about Osage Indians. It doesn't translate. Indulgent. DiCaprio and DiNero with "mean look" snickering faces held on screen a long, long time doesnt work. Saw it today.
Always glad to see a Nancy Rommelmann article!
If someone could get me in contact with a real film producer who is willing to listen, I know of an incredible true story of love, sacrifice, discovery, happiness, survival, friendship, and lifelong partnership that ends very well. This story takes place over many years and spans across northern Alaska and combines the cultures of Japan, white, and the Inupiat. It is well known in Japan and has served to inspire many young Japanese souls to venture out and seek their own fortune, but it is virtually unknown in North America. As cliche as it may sound, it is a story that must be told to all. It is not the usual story of oppression and subjugation. It's a story of indomitable strength and character.
Its always interesting to get different perspectives and learn about quixotic events in the world. This was a nice mental break from all the craziness of the current world. After reading about The Long Road, I tried to think of Native American characters, and outside of Tonto or Chief Dan George, the character in the Outlaw Josey Wales, I can't think of any. I know the Searchers had many Native American characters, but none I can recall. Many have been in side roles that were part of the supporting cast, but nothing where they were the leading roles. There are so many stories to get written from King Phillip, Tecumsah, or Sitting Bull. A movie about the Trail of Tears? I can see why many were never written; the ending is always one of defeat and destruction of their way of life. Sadly, it was the price we had to pay for modernity. I am sad it happened but happy to live in this world of freedom, technology, and convenience. Thanks for making me think this morning.
"full blooded Creek" please curb the drama. It just perpetuates the new US Apartheid rules. The court filings for the Harvard Supreme Court decision showed the fraud behind the political and economic basis for racial claims.... like 4/200 qualifies for American Indian. Or, the African American President, whose mother and her wealthy parents who certainly weren't African in anyway. raised a child fathered by an African who was in the US a couple years. And, now supports reparations, like the South Africans.
Absolutely agree and their beauty is only due to make up and fake body parts. Better looking women at the shopping mall. The guys couldn’t poor piss out of a boot with directions on the heel. Not all, but big majority IMHO.
It's good exercise 💪
Very looking forward to KFM.
Hi, I have a question that is more of an app or system than content. I use the audio on Substack to read the articles. I’m very dyslexic and it helps me immensely. The way that the FP has been doing these embedded post disables the audio for the read more articles. Is there a way around that? Am I doing something wrong or is it the way it works? I’ll try to reach out to Substack too but just wanted to see if anyone here or maybe someone at the FP can figure it out. Thanks
A bit off topic but...
Of all the things to say about this beautiful story…so full of magical synchronicity that no one could ever orchestrate it themselves…I wanted to note that Martin Scorsese was once married to a brilliant artist named Julia Cameron, who developed The Artist’s Way, which for nearly 50 years has taught millions of dreamers in this world about creative fortitude and how to allow synchronicity to influence it. She’s the reason I know. As I read about the amazing occurrences in Nancy and her family’s lives, I praised that invisible thread that runs through it all and thought of Cameron - and then saw that Scorsese made the film, adding another layer of synchronistic beauty. I can’t wait to watch it.
Loved Nancy Rommelmann's story, she and Tafv made me want to see the movie, "Killer's of the Flower Moon," (which I was not predisposed to do - avoiding the woke hypocrites, DiCaprio and DiNero.) I spent most of 1978 shooting a documentary for PBS, "Good Medicine, Bad Medicine" traveling between the Navajo rez in Window Rock, AZ, and the Lakota Sioux Rosebud rez in South Dakota. A good documentary to this day, examining traditional Native American medicine juxtaposed at the intersection with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and modern medicine. Some incredible stories, a few of which I am still unable to explain - cures which defied contemporary medicine. Long out of print and lost, I suspect. (Reading some of the reviews and comments from readers further down who have seen the movie, I may have to reconsider - and wait for it to stream. lol) Doesn't change my mind a notch about the wonderful Indian actors, though. Glad to hear it.
Thank you for sharing this, Nancy. There is no current show my wife and I like more than Reservation Dogs. Great cast, great writing, great direction. Also, very funny and not at all heavy handed.
People should also check out Ms Gladstone in the Kelley Reichardt movie Certain Women. She’s amazing.
Will these thugs be expelled? I doubt it. Harvard will probably give them a humanitarian award.
Israeli Harvard Business School Student Accosted and Harassed Amid Gaza ‘Die-In’ on Campus (freebeacon.com)
It's sad how much of the dark side of the American Experiment is unknown to citizens or, worse, still actively suppressed. The serial murder of Osage Indians and the Tulsa Race Massacre--two of thousands of examples--are only noticed if someone makes a movie, it seems. Americans should be confident enough of ourselves to admit we fucked over some of our own people at the same time we helped others up ladders they'd never be able to climb elsewhere. Since our culture is both dark and light, both should be common knowledge among citizens.
Instead, states pass laws banning any topic that makes any student "feel bad" about his or her history, race, color, or culture. That's a law for weenie nations, not our strong and proud selves.