Posted by Adele on February 06, 2000 at 10:38:34:
In Reply to: From The Ridiculous To The Sublime! Life From This End! posted by Rich/Mohican Press on February 06, 2000 at 06:31:29:
: Well ... Just when you thought it was safe!
: A "friendly" e-mail received early this AM (in its entirety; source omitted):
: "I am rather disturbed by the capitalism on the distortion of 'Cooper's book, which was actually a result of Cooper being commissioned to create a literary fiction to promote the campaign of the "the vanishing Indian'. The lack of distinction between Mohican and Mohegan (Uncas) is obvious- this is how stereo-types, misconceptions and historical distortions get passed along. Are any of you even remotely aware of actual history of Uncas?
: I suspect that many of you are more interested it continuing the notion that Indian people need non Indians to carry on their legacy because all of the Indians are just going to disappear. I would recommend that you try reading "Playing Indian" by Phil Deloria. He does a wonderful job of objectively explaining the cross-cultural dressing of colonial revolutionist and the role that played in creating the national identity for the newly emerging nation; at the expense of many nations which were already here.
: The further irony of people (who have been grossly misinformed by media) gathering to fulfill their hollywood fantasies in North Carolina! Just because that film was taped there.
: There are a lot of people trying to promote the removal of historical
: distortions that lead to people being rip off because they think they
: are experiencing historical awareness. For the sake of future
: generations and self respect- learn the history. I hate seeing people
: making fools out of themselves.
: Please do not bother to reply, because I was just browsing and do not
: wish to get into a spam debate over inaccurate history and the foolish
: things it causes people to do."
: Hmmm ... Insulting? Self-righteous? Presumptuous? Full of half-"truths"? Ridiculous? You decide. We deal with this on a regular basis. As Marcia knows, we received another of these type things yesterday (as did she) ... They seem to come in waves. Ah well,to each his own.
If he didn't want to get into a spam debate - why on earth did he post the message? Why would this person think that we are remotely interested in someone who spouts on about us being ill informed and then doesn't even bother to find out what this web site is really about!!!
And as for going to the gathering to "fulfill my hollywood fantasies" - I don't think so!!! What a joke! People like that make my blood pressure go up!!
Are you going to bother replying Rich?
PS For those interested, I am in the middle of an absolutely fantastic book! The Earth Shall Weep (A History of Native America) by James Wilson. I heartily recommend it for those of you who enjoy a very well-informed, accurate and eloquent history book. I love it!
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