Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Yeagley the Star of a Racist Anti-Indian Film in Europe

I just received this report from a supporter in Europe, Annika Banfeld, who runs a charity for Native children, World In Our Hands, and was one of the filmmakers for a powerful documentary, Spirits For Sale, that was made with the enthusiastic cooperation of Native traditionalists such as Arvol Looking Horse.

This is the latest in Yeagley's "how low can he go" attempts. It seems there is nothing he won't do to undercut Native people and promote anti-Indian racism.


"I got quite happy noticing there would be a Danish documentary about Indigenous peoples on TV tonight. That film had got sponsormoney from just about all Scandinavian countries and from institutes and funds...

It all starts with a white history professor saying: "There are no traditional cultures left, they are all in museums!"(Oh, geez, this doesn´t start well, I thought).

It got worse. Much worse. The film might have been called "Ten Reasons to Dislike Indigenous Peoples." It showed nothing but drunks and criminals. When they finally got to American Indians, after aborigines and Inuits, all they showed were the casinos. The footage from the reservations was filmed with hidden cameras to show the ongoing arguments between tribal members. And because they were not welcomed to film on the reservations, they said....

And the spokesperson for Indians was David Yeagley!!!

The conclusion of the film was that all Indians should assimilate, the reservations should close down and the professor finished by repeating that no traditional cultures were left. The success for native people was how modern they were living, not how traditionally they were living!! No one bothered to ask any traditionalists what they thought, though.....

The Danish/Swedish title was "Prisoners of the past". Don´t know if it has an English title.....

It was made and produced by Danish National TV. The gist of the film was that Native people have been fooled by the leaders to think they need to keep old traditions, languages and ceremonies instead of assimilating - hence the title...."


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