Saturday, February 26, 2005

 

Just Say 'Ugh' and Get Out

The EtherPundit at EtherHouse is, to my relief, defending Ward Churchill's art as original, as well as important. The rare Churchill pieces she has uncovered help preserve the Native American customs of cigar-store Indians, sports team mascots, TV public service announcements, and coinage.

In fact, every one of these subjects is just as authentic to the indigenous culture as Ward Churchill himself.

It was in that same spirit, I'm sure, that Churchill did this masterpiece on the right. It is ink on paper, depicting a brave, second ony to the chief, of a now vanished tribe. One of the few surviving related pieces of writing about this tribe details the interaction of the tribe with the white man:

Where Indian fights are colorful sights
and nobody takes a lickin'
Where pale face and redskin
Both turn chicken.


By total coincidence, this original work bears a striking resemblance to the photo below:

The photo is of another authentic member of the Original People: Don Diamond.

Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4, 1921. His father, who was born in Russia, served in the U.S. Army in the First World War and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star medals. His mother was born in New Jersey. As a teenager she won the New Jersey Typewriter Championship. They were excellent Parents who encouraged their son to earn some money selling soda pop at the local ballpark, mowing lawns and shoveling snow.

Of course, Bob Don was more famous for his role as Crazy Cat in F-Troop, yet another piece in the vast tapestry that is authentic American Indian culture.


Correction: Oops; called him Bob. The Bob Diamond tale is a Brooklyn story for another day.

Update: Another piece of Ward's non-plagiarism uncovered:

Sure, it's fake; but it's accurate.


Comments:
Now that Ward Churchill has had his 15 minutes of fame the price of original Ward Churchill fake artworks has gone up dramatically. If you want one of these sought after fakeries, but are strapped for cash, do not despair. Instead just take a $20 bill and run it through a copy machine until you have enough currency to make the purchase.

Ugh
 
LOL. That's hilarious.

This man is so embarrassing. Fire him already.
 
The brave in the image resembles Greg Brady from the Brady Bunch.
 
I am more of an Egon type of guy (F troop). Keep up the good work.

btw - I did a overlay thing (like with the forged TNG docs CBS did against Bush). Kinda of interesting.
 
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Fake history. Fake Indian. Fake art. The only thing that's real about Churchill is that now, he's unemployed.

So happy to know that the Indian from F Troop was a Jewish guy from Brooklyn. How priceless is that?

Excellent post!
 
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