So I’m working on a writing project (shut UP, Dino) in which one of the protagonists in a Native American person - more specifically, a member of the Sioux tribe. This character exists in a futuristic setting (Shadowrun, if anyone is familiar with the universe) and goes to school in Philadelphia, very much away from his place of birth and native community. Because of the genre of the piece I am working on, this protagonist becomes part of a group of criminals (shadowrunners), following roughly in the steps of his father.
Now, being Russian, I know how frustrating it is when someone screws up my culture in American media, even if it’s something as small as saying something that I know is very unlikely to come out of a Russian person’s mouth. Now, I find myself writing a character who has a complicated relationship with his own culture, about which I myself know next to nothing.
To complicate matter further, in this setting, many characters are magicians, and a discipline of magic common to Native Americans in this setting is Shamanism. Needless to say, I could mess this up really, really badly, and that is something I would strongly prefer to avoid.
So what I’m asking is, are there any good books or films anyone knows that represent Native American culture in a way that truly meshes with the experiences of actual people from that culture? Basically, if anyone reading this is Native American: are there any books or movies in the English language (or Russian language, for that matter), that you feel represent your life experiences without making you cringe?
Thank you very much in advance, this would be a huge help.
if doctors 1-8 were off on their light at the end adventure and war doctor, 10, and 11 were doing the whole day of the doctor thing I’m just going to assume shalka doctor and 9 grabbed a milkshake together and spent the whole day avoiding all this weird shit
Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin of Turkey has developed a way to replace traditional petroleum-based plastic with banana peels.
The Turkish teen took home a US$50,000 prize for her project “Go Bananas!” Thursday after winning the second annual Scientific American Science in Action Award, associated with Google Science Fair.
“My project makes it possible to use banana peels, a waste material which is thrown away almost every day, in the electrical insulation of cables,” Bilgin said in a media statement.
“This is both an extremely nature-friendly and cheap process, which has the potential to decrease the amount of pollution created due to the use of plastics, which contain petroleum derivatives.”
Bilgin spent two years developing the bio-plastic, which does not decay. She said the process is so easy that it is possible to repeat at home, with special care taken for chemicals used in the production process.
In September, the teen will compete at Google’s California headquarters for the overall Google Science Fair prize for 15-to-16 year olds. She will also have access to a one-year mentorship.
Has anyone else noticed how many brilliant breakthroughs in science are coming from the minds of teenage girls the last few years? Between this story, the four girls in Nigeria who invented a generator that runs on urine, the California girl who invented a twenty-second cell phone charger… Who knows where we’d be today without the patriarchal interference of men, stealing or hiding the brilliance of women?
Our future is in the hands of teenage girls, and I for one feel really good about that.
When I was about 7 I wanted to invent a thing that purified water based off of fish gills. I went to the school library to do research like a good little inventor and one of my teachers asked me what I was doing, and then told me that there were some new barbie books in, and that I’d probably be better off with those.
Don’t forget the girl who invented a torch that’d light up just from the heat of your hands
basically everyone should stop s***ting on teenage girls because they do awesome things when you let them
or that one time a girl found the cure for cancer that we could be using in 15 years
But nah, girls and women just suck at math and science and have never invented anything worthwhile. Sure. Right.
(Source: thinkcosmos, via withasideofepic)