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Guardians of the Galaxy Nod to Native Americans

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 10th, 2014 Last Updated on: August 10th, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest movie to be based on a comic from the Marvel Universe. And after its first weekend at the box office, they've done quite well for themselves, earning an estimated $94 million.

So if any of you here have seen it, did you catch the 1970s soundtrack? I have yet to see it but I read that the song “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone is featured prominently. If you're not familiar with Redbone they're a rock band from the 1970s and the name comes from a joking reference to a Cajun term for a mixed-race person (“half-breed”). Members were said to be a mixture of Yaqui, Shoshone and Mexican heritage.

As Craven Lovelace points out in this article, the character Yondu Udonta was also loosely based on Native American culture.

From the Wikipedia entry, “Yondu Udonta is a member of the Zatoan tribe, primitive beings native to Centauri IV. He functions as a hunter. His homeworld was the first planet to be colonized by humans that was outside Earth's solar system. Yondu is born in the late thirtieth century. Yondu's people had fled from contact with overwhelming earth colonizers”.

Anyway, just thought it was a neat little tidbit of information! And an excuse to play Redbone for everyone!


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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