In one breath you say it's disgraceful to have a non-native play Tonto and in the next the argument that a “real Indian” should have played Tonto is, I think, ultimately wrong. Maybe I'm reading this wrong but it would seem you are contradicting yourself here. Furthermore, TONTO is a Spanish word, in another language, primarily the story of Tonto who is Comanche the meaning would mean something entirely different. For instance, my daughter is of Norwegian and Native American descent. Her father Norwegian. I gave her a middle name of Bliss and I was questioned by my inlaws why I would ever name her that. In Norwegian, "bliss" is the white spot running down from the horses head down his nose. My answer, Bliss in English means complete happiness. Do you all get my drift? Indeed, Tonto in Spanish means stupid but Tonto isn't Spanish he's Comanche, so this argument is moot and is a poor statement to declare. I was taught we Indian people do not criticize, if we do, we are not Indian. To open ourselves to all people is the Indian Way, and what the Navajo people and Comanche people did to honor him for the genuine person he is was honorable and the values that our grandpas and grandmas taught us. To say that Johnny Depp is non-native is ignorance to say the least when you do not have personal knowledge. Do you know his lineage, do you know him personally? The invitation by the Comanche people is the Indian way. He brought gifts as his giveaway which is tradition. It was a ceremony of adoption no matter if he is native or non-native, that is irrelevant. Furthermore the this article shows lack of respect for the elders of Comanche nation who opened their arms to him as did the Navajo elders and him they, and is a disgrace and if you are Indian, I must say you aren't Indian because this article would indicate you have lost your ways and only want to criticize. Once again, criticism is not the Indian way. Look in the mirror and see where the real misappropriation lies and shame on you for passing judgment on another that you have no factual knowledge of.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 04:17