Friday, November 29, 2013

November POP! Justice Blog Carnival Presents: Indigenous Peoples in Genre Fiction

Actual adventuring photo of DP's; Image credit goes to Duc at

Aloha, imaginary friends!

November is Native American Heritage Month.  In the spirit of things, let me present a couple blog posts discussing Indigenous Peoples in Genre Fiction.  Thank you again to Deborah Pless for arranging the POP! Justice Blog Carnival, which takes a moment each month to examine social justice issues in the pop culture world.

  • The intrepid Deborah Pless wrote a piece on the Apache Tracker from the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, a surreal place where the narrator slyly comments on cultural appropriation (and how it blows) using the afore-mentioned as a perfect example of Don't Be This Guy.  This post also doubles as a great Cultural Appropriation 101 course, if you need one, and is available for your viewing pleasure here:

  • Patrick Bohan over at recreated an essay about stereotypes in Native American representation within the comic book world, naming a few repeat offenders (he's looking at you, Marvel) and the ways they exploit or modify the cultures of their characters accordingly, with the same canned result (who knew that 3/5ths of all Native American super-mutants were also shamans?):

  • Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar submitted "a book trailer and also a post about Hinduism, related to my latest book, AN UNLIKELY GODDESS."
  • And I wrote about Sherman Alexie, as I am want to do.  I tried to slap my longer essays on his work into shape, then gave up, so instead this is a post about how, in the YA novel 'The Absolutely True Adventures of a Part-Time Indian,' he inverts the 'typical' writing process to examine modern (particularly his own) Native American identity:

To check out next month's theme and call for submissions check

Aloha, and good reading!