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Mar 15, 2016

NO_Episode 18_"Native Invisibility"

This episode explores the concept of "invisibility" as felt and experienced by native american people. Dave and Mike take current relevant examples from mainstream media and other sources to try to draw attention to how Native people, and our culture are used to highlight, then ignore our existence.

"You can't have it both ways" states co-host Michael Kickingbear from the show. "For example, take JK Rowlings, the author of Harry Potter books, in her new work "History of Magic in North America" (Read for context) where she tries to draw on some false comparison of our medicine men and their healing practices to that of wizards and witches." Michael States. "Rowling Cites in her insultive current work "In the Native American community, some witches and wizards were accepted and even lauded within their tribes, gaining reputations for healing as medicine men, or outstanding hunters. However, others were stigmatized for their beliefs, often on the basis that they were possessed by malevolent spirits." But then, when you call her out on it.... crickets..... not a peep from the author to answer to our requests for comment or to answer our questions, such as to where she drew this conclusion? What tribal people did she speak or consult with? This is an example of both cultural MIS-appropriation AND ignorance. This is a contributor to our invisibility"

This episode also quotes from an article produced by Author Adrienne K of Native of her reaction to Rawlings recent work. The article entitles "Magic In North America Part 1 Ugh..." just goes deeper into why this work is offensive. well worth the read!

We also look a how many native communities are being shut out of the voting process this election year through rule changes, and other methods of rights infringements. At least 10 different tribal nations are in court over these types of offenses by different states and their governments.

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JK Rowlings:

Here is a great example of why we are AGAINST this writing all together.... it's shared with the totally wrong context:

YouTube: Highlight of upcoming work:

Adriene K from native Appropriation blog:


Tribes in law suits with states over voting rights: