Appropriation!

 

I sometimes “joke” that labeling any of modern society’s more mundane amenities – a garbage truck, a bottle of mustard, a rake, whatever – as “artisanal” will get a premium from the gullible.

And extension of that concept is that if you label it as “Native American”, you will ring up a premium from the most gullible of all, “progressives”.

For example, firefighting:

And, by way of follow-up…:

All due respect to MPR’s finely-honed journalistic chops, but are they referring to setting a “backfire”? One of the most common tactics of wilderness or open-country firefighting?

Or the concept of a “controlled burn”, used throughout the Great Plains to cut down on the fuel loading of a piece of land, to mitigate future fires?

Just curious.

5 thoughts on “Appropriation!

  1. The romantization of the primitive is a sign of a third-rate mind. These native people killed new borns because they were the wrong sex, for god’s sake.

  2. Hey, sounds like the left is just doing “cultural fire” all over Democrat-run cities….

    It also strikes me that those who cracked down in the native american “controlled burns” might have had a different perspective on how “controlled” they were. To wit, here’s an interesting graphic mapping out wildfires before and after 1950. If you owned land in large portions of California, you would quite reasonably take an uncharitable view of these “controlled” burns, I think.

    http://projects.capradio.org/california-fire-history/#5.09/38.38/-121.53

    Here’s another account: https://www.hcn.org/issues/251/13986

    We might contemplate perhaps hearing both sides of the story….nah, makes too much sense, I guess.

  3. The treehuggers in CA were against controlled burns. You know, because fire causes smoke, and smoke=air pollution. So, instead of controlled burns and a little smoke, we get raging wild fires, lots of smoke, lots of property damage, and deaths.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of ideology.

  4. The romantization of the primitive is a sign of a third-rate mind. These native people killed new borns because they were the wrong sex, for god’s sake.

    It’s not just historical revisionism, MO, it’s lazy revisionism. One of my hobbies is genealogy, and I like to point out to people that believe all the Indian tribes were peaceful that such thinking is incredibly naive. An indirect ancestor of mine was kidnapped as a child by Indians, his mother and baby sister brutally killed, and he ultimately was sold off to another tribe and raised by that tribe. The reason we know the tale is he was reunited with his brothers as an adult.

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