Friday, November 30, 2012
Owned By The White Man
So, needless to say, the food was great at my Thanksgiving, but what really brought the holiday home for me was the authentic "entertainers" the country club hired. Once you finished your meal you were invited to go outside and learn how to throw a tomahawk or pull a bow and arrow from...how do I describe our "teachers"...men, who just got off the Trail of Tears. Yeah, that will do. I have never encountered someone so committed to their job. As I was screaming, "Take that white man," while I threw tomahawks into a stump of wood, my instructor stopped me and informed me that his Cherokee friends would be proud of my technique. Technique? Of mocking Indians killing pioneers or how I stepped just right into killing my opponent with a steel axe? I just like to know what I'm being complimented on. He then began to inform me about how Indians would use these to kill "white people," in sort of a proud way...I might add. Yeah, it just got real up in here.
Then as if that wasn't awkward enough, my brother in law, a comic genius, came over to us with a raccoon pellet around his chest and said, "Man, I'm getting hot with this thing on." (If you refer to the picture you'll notice the pellet wasn't that large.) Again, our instructor wasn't getting the sarcasm and informed us that the pellet was warm, but a coyote hat he usually wears with his Iroquois friends was really hot. (I'm not sure if he changed the tribe of his friends, but aren't they all the same...and there goes my Native American readers. Kidding about the tribe joke.) Yeah, he said coyote hat. Who wears a coyote? On your head? Definitely pants, but a hat? Ridiculous.
So, how was your Thanksgiving? Probably not as cool as mine. Did you get owned twice by a non-Native American? Didn't think so.