“What are Natives like? What are the traits, habits, strengths and weaknesses that unite this resilient and beautiful group of people? That’s really what’s at the heart of the ‘Natives be like’ meme and its spinoffs. The common ground where Cherokee, Navajo, Lakota, Mohawk and all the other flavors of Native are united by chuckling at the same picture. Wherever you go in Indian country, it seems, you’ll find Natives who primp for the pow wow and Natives who put beads on everything.” ICTMN
Excerpt: Funny #NativesBeLike Observations, ICTMN
“No, it’s not good grammar, but it makes for some funny sight gags. Some brilliant, some (possibly) insulting, but all containing at least a kernel of truth that justifies the humor. Don’t be embarrassed to laugh! Maybe not all Natives be like these, maybe you yourself don’t be like these… but odds are you have a second cousin twice removed who very much does be like these.”
Excerpt: Native Humor: 8 MORE Points of Wisdom From Dr. Coyote, ICTMN
“The coyote is complex and a devious powerful teacher, hence the title ‘Trickster.’ Some tribes call him Nanapush, some Inktomi, some see the deceiver as tarantula… According to ICTMN’s Dr. Coyote, Think of him as a Native Bart Simpson, you can learn how to do things the right way from doing the opposite of what he does. Dr. Coyote usually speaks out of all sides of his mouth, with his forked tongue, or all at once.” ICTMN
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in his or her moccasins. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their moccasins.
If you lend a “cousin” $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
Excerpt: Humorous Paintings from Native artists Steven Paul Judd and Bunky Echo-Hawk, ICTMN
“Artists Steven Paul Judd and Bunky Echo-Hawk are friends and leaders on the Indian art scene. (Judd in fact cites Echo-Hawk as one of his biggest influences.) They’re both adept at creating artwork that mashes up pop culture and Native culture, and they’re masters of quick-hit visual puns. Their work can be wry commentary on serious, painful subjects — other times, it’s just fun and funny.” ICTMN
NDN Hulk Gets Mad When Treaties Are Broken by Steven Paul Judd. ICTMN
“Humor is widely used by Indians to deal with life. Indian gatherings are marked by laughter and jokes, many directed at the horrors of history, at the continuing impact of colonization, and at the biting knowledge that living as an exile in one’s own land necessitates. . . . Certainly the time frame we presently inhabit has much that is shabby and tricky to offer; and much that needs to be treated with laughter and ironic humor”.~Paula Gunn Allen ~(1939–2008)