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Natives Protest Christina Fallin’s Band

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 28th, 2014 Last Updated on: April 28th, 2014

Christina Fallin, daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, has learned nothing after her previous run-in with cultural appropriation last month. Instead she seems to be purposefully provoking Native Americans with her antics. In her latest bout with controversy, her band Pink Pony took to Facebook before their performance at the Norman Music Festival and hinted that they would be in “full regalia” at the show. Native American activists got wind of this and showed up to protest.

Choctaw reporter Louis Fowler was at the show and gave a first-hand account of the protest over at Red Dirt Report.

“Fallin took to the stage dressed in pantyhose, garters and an obviously Native-inspired shawl that read in big black letters “SHEEP.” This was in reference, it is theorized, that the protesters were easily-led morons for not believing what the band said in their non-apology regarding their “love of native culture” and whatnot.

This was painfully and brutally reinforced when, during one of their numbers, Fallin lifted her shawl over her head and did a perverse mockery of a native war-dance, twirling in circles as the drummer—anonymously wearing a “white-face” mask, mind you—tried desperately to keep the beat.

Photo by Christina Owen

Photo by Christina Owen

To see her reenact a sacred ritual like that in front of drunk, hateful hipsters literally caused the protesters’ collective jaws to drop. In essence, to me, it felt like Fallin was throwing it down and ultimately declaring war on Natives, not only the culture, but the people as well.”

Oklahoma City's Fox News has footage from the show:

 

In a press release from Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry (EONM), the organization called for the Riverwind Casino, Blackwatch Studios and Christina Fallin and Governor Mary Fallin to apologize for the incident.

“Blackface is not acceptable and if Fallin had engaged in it and then derided African Americans’ for demanding she stop performing in blackface the Governor would be apologizing on national television. It shows the degree to which racism and caricature of Native American culture is acceptable in the United States to a degree it is not for other ethnic groups. And coming from a member of a family that is supposed to represent 38 Native American communities within the state of Oklahoma this behavior is particularly unacceptable.”


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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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victor

Argalias for connecting with are culture not for a concert the heartbeat of mother earth the drum ojibwa and proud

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