Friday, 8 July 2016

Red Indian Boiler


Overheard:

Hay: "How's your new oil boiler?"

Hay's Dad: "It's much more economical than the old one, it uses considerably less oil. Actually, if I switched to gas I'd not use any oil at all."

Was watching one of those old, 50s cowboy films about Buffalo Bill just before the news last night. It was filmed in Spanish, dubbed into American and starred Gordon Scott. Why, when the Indians appear, do you always get that archetypal Red Indian music. The buggers only had drums, so why is Red Indian music composed for an entire orchestra?



3 comments:

  1. Phil, This term that you use 'Red Indian’ is both Disparaging and Offensive. Indeed it is a contemptuous term used to refer to the indigenous people from the American Continent of Canada and the US.
    Perhaps First Nations People or Native Americans would be better terminology,

    ref: https:http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/identity/terminology.html
    //www.quora.com/Who-are-the-red-Indians-of-the-USA

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    1. Yes, I know, but it's a 1950s film and had all the cliches - the only good Indian is a dead Indian, etc. They were being slaughtered by the hundred.

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    2. And to be honest, I can't cope with being inoffensive to every minority going. It's wearing, but I'm not purposely being offensive - some of my best friends are red Indians.....

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