Out of Sight, Out of Mind
September 24, 2010 7:04 AM Subscribe
Is this just another version of the minstrel show? The Pendleton Round-up
is celebrating its 100th anniversary
. Part of its attraction is the performance of a "American Indian"
dance pageant, whose participants are compensated traditionally. "A century later, the mill still provides blankets, and families are still paid to appear, $5 per person each day at the arena. Beef and vegetables are provided, as are tokens for other food. The winner of the “Best Dressed Indian Award” at the parade gets 50 silver dollars. The winner of the “Oldest Indian Couple Award” gets 100 silver dollars in a pouch."
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