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December 29, 2013 9:40 AM   Subscribe

The Indian Store (SLYT)

(Yes, that is Deputy Hawk from Twin Peaks.)
posted by griphus (22 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
I made it half way.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:42 AM on December 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


A Day In The Life Of A Powwow Emcee
"My youngest son, he's into that Insane Circus Posse, he's a juggler."
posted by 445supermag at 9:59 AM on December 29, 2013


Definitely a few moments there. I also like how the one guy kept getting progressively more undressed.

Also, I would kill for his hair.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:16 AM on December 29, 2013 [4 favorites]


Singing Lessons made me laugh out loud.
(You just need to know that the nephew is singing it absolutely well and correctly at the beginning, and being "taught" to do it worse and worse as the video goes on. Tito Ybarra (a.k.a. the nephew) does some great facial expressions).
posted by gudrun at 11:28 AM on December 29, 2013 [4 favorites]


My sister recently returned from a trip to Thailand, where she saw a stall at the Chatuchak market devoted to selling dreamcatchers.

Plastic dreamcatchers, with nylon thread. Made in China.
posted by Soliloquy at 11:37 AM on December 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


> I made it half way

I made it the whole way, snorting with laughter throughout. (Are we doing Goodreads-style progress reports?)
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:44 AM on December 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


Not to knock on the beauty of turquoise, but while hanging around the SW I found that the most annoying white people there were the ones with the most turquoise on their bodies.
posted by angrycat at 11:54 AM on December 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


"Coyote stories! We have coyote stories. Teach you how, not to be."

"Ya don't have any of, Vine Deloria books..."

"Art! We have the newest print of the Edward Curtis portfolio..."

"......o-kay, boys." Exunt.

ROFL.
posted by fraula at 11:57 AM on December 29, 2013 [4 favorites]


I was expecting a different sort of "Indian".
posted by tybeet at 12:02 PM on December 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


We have an "Ind'n Store" in the tourist section of our town, and this totally cracked me up. Mostly though, the staff stands around looking all stoic and shit. (Actually, like all store clerks around here, they're alternately annoyed and bored out of their minds.)
posted by RedEmma at 12:38 PM on December 29, 2013


I knew it.

It's coyote turds, all the way down...
posted by mule98J at 12:43 PM on December 29, 2013


tybeet: I was expecting a different sort of "Indian".

So... Chechuan, then?
posted by IAmBroom at 1:02 PM on December 29, 2013


I visited the Acoma Peublo outside ABQ, the Peublo being over a thousand years old. We were told that Cher had been there a week before. On the mesa, you feel like whoever has this land should be king of the world, because you are up very high and can see so much down below you. But then, well, because of genocide, it's a very impoverished place. There was nobody out and about and it was easy to imagine people looking at the stupid anglo tourists clodding about outside, wondering when the fuck these awful people would leave. If I had had a few grand to spare, I would have bought every single thing they were selling on a couple of rickety tables, the combination of scenery, racial guilt, and beauty of the things themselves.

nonetheless, i still think an overabundance of turquoise on a white person is a danger sign
posted by angrycat at 1:30 PM on December 29, 2013


I made it the whole way, snorting with laughter throughout.

Eh, I guess I am not experienced in what they are mocking. It seems more to me that they are mocking a straw man. I've been to a few "Indian" stores on Iowa reservations and a couple in Arizona. The staff didn't seem any different that the staff of the Pier One Imports at the mall, so maybe I am not getting it.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:38 PM on December 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've never been in an Indian store, as far as I remember. You don't have to have been in a store like that to be familiar with the stereotypes they're having fun with here.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:17 PM on December 29, 2013


Yeah, a lot of that would translate to any new agey store. Basically people who will go way overboard to demonstrate their deep spirituality and oneness with [topic] who you just know go sit around in the back and make fun of it all.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 3:52 PM on December 29, 2013


Oh, and perhaps more importantly (although you missed the second half) they often reveal only the slightest knowledge of the actual substance of [topic].
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 5:37 PM on December 29, 2013


Indian Humor.
posted by gudrun at 6:05 PM on December 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


You don't have to have been in a store like that to be familiar with the stereotypes they're having fun with here.

Right. This probably even happens in Solvang. I thought it was cute.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:24 PM on December 29, 2013


You don't have to have been in a store like that to be familiar with the stereotypes they're having fun with here.

That's the problem I am having though. They aren't mocking the actual stereotypes. They are mocking how they think others perceive those stereotypes. It just didn't strike me as that genuine. It would be like me making a video about how I think black people see white people. it might be funny, but chances are it'll just be wrong.

Overthinking beans here. I just didn't find it funny. YMMV.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:55 PM on December 30, 2013


Maybe "cliches" is better than "stereotypes." The dream catchers, the shirtlessness, the accents, the way the one guy gazes nobly into the distance... but then when it's just the two of them they're drinking Starbucks and talking about Mylie Cyrus.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:26 PM on December 30, 2013


I was trying to explain to a friend why he should take a few minutes to watch it the other day and the obvious finally occurred to me: "Think Clerks".
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:37 PM on January 1


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