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[quote] On 2011-07-22 12:51, Leslie Melville wrote: A while back I saw a YouTube clip of a middle-aged, middle class white lady telling supposed Native American stories to a similarly middle class white audience. She wore a long silk dress and a head-band from which two feathers protruded. As she told her story, she walked aimlessly about the stage, periodically tapping a hand drum with a stick. She performed under the pseudo name of a perceived Native American - I can't remember exactly what she called herself but it was totally inappropriate. I do remember being appalled at the whole concept! The patronising performance will have been hugely offensive to any Native Americans who have seen it! As a professional storyteller, I of course tell stories from other cultures but I tell them from the perception of an outsider. To take on the persona of a different race and culture without doing the appropriate research can be very dangerous. Leslie. [/quote]
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