At the beginning of March, a series about the history of magic in North America was released on Pottermore to accompany the upcoming movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Written by JK Rowling, the first chapter has received considerable backlash from Native American fans for the dated and harmful stereotypes it encourages. From the Eurocentric view to the fact that Native American genocide is never mentioned, there’s quite a bit to be upset about.
Unfortunately, Rowling is just the latest white person to misrepresent Native Americans. Here are the six things she did wrong (because she still hasn’t apologized).
This video has taken me two weeks. Y’all better like it.
Someone pointed out that it kind of sounds like I'm saying that Native Americans tribes are only legitimate in their existence if they are recognized by the federal government. When I said that there were 566 federally recognized tribes in the U.S., I did so to illustrate the sheer number of tribes, not to give you a definitive number. Tribe recognition can be complicated, especially because some tribes are state recognized but not federally, and some tribes are not recognized by any government, but that, of course, does not negate their legitimacy. There were several things cut from this video to make it less than 10 minutes long and that nuance was one of them.
Some Cool Stuff I Discovered While Researching and Recommend You Check Out:
Frank Waln, Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer, and performer http://frankwaln.com/
Native Appropriations, http://nativeappropriations.com/
Dr. Adrienne Keene, https://twitter.com/NativeApprops
A Tribe Called Geek, http://atribecalledgeek.com/
Johnnie Jae, https://twitter.com/johnniejae
Project 562, http://www.project562.com/
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