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  • I believe that "Hawk Windyboy" illustrates something powerful about our time.

    Kudos to the photographer for beautiful photos, btw. And for sharing a communal moment with the subject of the photos.

    And yet, as counterpoint, here's what I see...

    I see how talented we have become at romanticizing individual and collective hardship and heartbreak and loss. Sometimes at the cost of dignity...both for the individual and for the collective.

    And I see that we of the majority culture continue to participate. I'm sure it is because our heartstrings are truly and deeply touched.

    But I propose that often we do not actually SEE the subject of such photos...neither as a person nor as part of a collective. Rather, I suggest that we are easily touched because we have him appear to be romantic. Tragically so.

    [Photo by Barbara, Grand Entry at an Honor the Earth Powwow, a celebration of Chippewa / Ojibwa at La Courte Oreilles Reservation, Wisconsin 1993]
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