Monthly Archives: August 2013

Trickster names

Naming has power. Studying framing, propaganda and public relations—and watching Mad Men—helps strip the artifice created when naming things. Corn syrup becomes corn sugar.

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Rosie Red Top

My indatsay, John, shows me a sepia photograph of his family at their home on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The place bears the indelicate name of Stinking Water Creek. Relatives stare at the camera while a white-haired elder sits on … Continue reading

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The dirt on relatives

My relatives fought with their Oglala brothers and ended up splitting into separate bands. We tore away after Bull Bear argued with Old Smoke. The story is that Bull Bear threw dirt in Smoke’s face, and they considered our band … Continue reading

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Crazy Horse: Tiyospaye

Larry McMurtry—who wrote Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment—penned a biography of Crazy Horse that proved a solid summer read. McMurtry writes about my relatives in the book Crazy Horse (Penguin-Viking, 1999). He says Crazy Horse … Continue reading

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Being Tonto

Finally got up the nerve to see The Lone Ranger. The movie earned jibes from Indian Country and was slammed by the critics all summer. My Facebook pals panned the film so I figure I can’t critique it without viewing … Continue reading

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Real Science. Really.

The mummy exhibit is billed as Real Science. Calling the Mummies of the World display Real Science legitimizes the practice of stuffing dead people under glass and taking them on the road for show-and-tell. Never occurred to me it would … Continue reading

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Mummies: what’s sacred? Private?

Seems museums have dodged flak for placing dead folks on display. And the current iteration of mummy-memorabilia is no exception.

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