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Old January 11 2013, 01:23 PM   #68
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Re: Was Chakotay a stereotype?

teya wrote: View Post

No, I mean the folks from Europe who explain what a "Red Indian" is, what we look like (I never fit the stereotype, nor do most from my nation), how we're the most ecological & spiritual on the planet (cue New Age soundtrack), how the lack of a tribe isn't a problem for them because they're enlightened (unlike Indians who view their tribal identity as part of their individual identity).

Chakotay could have been an inspiration in much the way Uhura was in the 60s. But TPTB chose to make him an Indian recognizeable to white folks, but didn't really care if he was recognizeable as an Indian to Indians.
Well that's me told. I'm not sure what prompted that but we 'folks from Europe' sure thank you for your sweeping generalisations and severe lecture on how to respect other folks. Because, y'know, we're so ignorant and intolerant.
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