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April 21, 2010

James Cameron: Learned Scholar of Native American History

James Cameron was in Brazil recently because he has gotten involved with the Xingu people and their fight against a planned hydroelectric dam project in the Amazon rainforest. While he was there, he spoke about the situation and related it back to his version of Native American history:

I felt like I was 130 years back in time watching what the Lakota Sioux might have been saying at a point when they were being pushed and they were being killed and they were being asked to displace and they were being given some form of compensation," he said. "This was a driving force for me in the writing of Avatar– I couldn't help but think that if they [the Lakota Sioux] had had a time-window and they could see the future… and they could see their kids committing suicide at the highest suicide rates in the nation… because they were hopeless and they were a dead-end society – which is what is happening now – they would have fought a lot harder. [The Guardian via ONTD and Native Appropriations]

James Cameron is a courageous, visionary, groundbreaking activist in his own mind, that much is clear. If only we could open up a time window and send him back in time. Surely he could inspire the Lakota Sioux to "fight harder" using all of the insight that he's gained from his firsthand experience taking part in the epic struggle of white men to triumph over oppression and claim their rightful place in this world. Unless there's some hidden chapter in his backstory that I don't know about, he has never had to fight for anything the way that the Native Americans had to fight, so all I can say is shut the fuck up, James Cameron.


Marika said...


Anonymous said...

what a hero. And he just said all that to plug his movie anyways. which I still haven't seen, and never plan to see!

a rose is a rose said...

so who saved the day in avatar (which i've not seen i must admit)? was it a native (aboriginal) american? NOPE was it even a (aboriginal) blue person? NOPE. IT WAS THE WHITE MAN AGAIN.

stay classy mr cameron