Slapping Medicine Man

The 1491s, a Native American sketch comedy group, were in attendance at the American Indian Society Inaugural Pow Wow. Sociological Images praises their “skewer[ing] of popular representations of Native Americans and their various cultures.”

The group recently released a new video featuring footage of 1491s member Ryan Red Corn dancing at the Santa Fe Indian Market interspersed with shots of visitors to the market and examples of appropriation of Native cultures, all set to Irving Berlin’s “I’m an Indian Too,” from Annie Get Your Gun. It’s a great send-up of the whole Native-culture-as-fashion-statement trend:

My favorite video is “Slapping Medicine Man,” above. Will Slapping Medicine visit Washington, DC too? A few politicians need to schedule an appointment.

Photos from the American Indian Society Inaugural Pow Wow are here.