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Remnants of native cultures | by Toban B.
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Remnants of native cultures

After a history of colonial genocide in Canada, remnants of native cultures are being packaged as tourist industry products -- to profit from shallow, ethnic spice.


This particular mish-mash of mass produced 'native' trinkets was sold in an airport in Toronto, Canada.


Elsewhere, there also are more bourgeois art outlets that sell classier forms of 'native' art.


Of course, each of the different native cultures associated with such items often don't receive respectful attention in products and merchandising like this. Basically. these representations of native culture are a jumbled up collection of stereotypes; or the products are at least displayed and consumed in that way -- generally.


You can see dollar store 'indigenous' trinkets in these photos -


In the past -- more so than the present -- living cultures were linked to all of this artistry; yet, those cultural contexts are totally erased, on shelves like these.

Beyond shops like this one, the natives cultures have nearly been killed off; so such trinkets are like souvenirs.


Comparisons with the canned animals in these photos would be fitting -




People with native ancestors often are pushed to into living out stereotypes that can be just as silly.


For instance -

native cultures have been tapped as sources of 2010 Olympics products and promotional imagery -

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Taken on April 13, 2009