. . . . . . . ======================================== Start of January 2003 Newsletter, Part 2 ======================================== Hi, A couple of things have come up recently, and I thought I would pass them along. The first is a chance to get in the movies. The second is a personal matter. ============================= "Cherokee Heritage Center to Host Auditions for Native American Actors" Open auditions will be held on January 11th in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. You can read more about it at the Cherokee Nation's website: http://www.cherokee.org/NewsArchives/Archives2002/12-02-28.htm I have been in a couple of movies, and it is an interesting experience. ===================================== Goodness knows there is no one, unifying voice for American Indians. We have different beliefs (political, ethical, moral and spiritual). We have different backgrounds, histories, and opinions. I try to respect others' opinion, whether I share them or not. And short of someone promoting things like child pornography, I try not to take honest differences of opinion personally. As I have mentioned here before, I receive many e-mails from the general public. While it may take me a while, I eventually get back to everyone whose e-mail I received. OK, I do not reply to the thousands of SPAM e-mail I get each day. :-) On January 3rd, I received an e-mail from Karsten Boysen. I did not recall this name, although, granted, I have e-mailed thousands of people, and it is possible we might have communicated in the past. It appears (based on the e-mail address) that Karsten Boysen is the editor for The Freshwater Drum: Native Peoples' Fisheries Section Newsletter of The American Fisheries Society. You can find it at : http://www.lapratt.com/npfs/newslet.htm . Karsten Boysen also appears to be a member of the Quileute Tribe in LaPush, Washington. This e-mail is an example of the infighting which is often seen in the American Indian community. I thought I would pass this along to see if any of you agree with Karsten Boysen. And if so, what I might be able to do to correct any problems. Do any of you know this person? It is possible the e-mail was written on a bad day. Or, it is possible that Karsten Boysen just doesn't like me. Based on the e-mail address used, it appears they did read my biography page on my website. I have included Karsten's e-mail, and my reply below. ----- Original Message ----- From: "karsten"
; To: ; Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 11:31 AM Subject: BAD HISTORY BOOK Phil -- Do you realize what a joke you are to legitimate tribal people who still live on Indian reservations throughout the U.S.? Anybody who wants to claim tribal blood says 'I'm Cherokee'. REGARDLESS, it's an insult to the tribes of North America to say you have the most significant historical dates, BUT you only go back to 800 AD in Chichen Itza? Get real! We of the Quileute Tribe in LaPush, Washington, have documentation for at least 12,000 years B.C. Haven't you read Indian Givers? The only authentic way to refer to tribal people is by their tribal name -- THAT is the only real name they recognize. "Indian" is from the Spanish who mistakenly, thanks to Columbo, named the people after India, which means, by the way, "People from God : In=from, dios=god. Obviously you are just one more white guy trying to RIP-OFF the tribal people of this world. Have a nice day! Karsten Boysen My reply: I do not know who you are. You, obviously, do not know me. Unfortunately, my editors removed everything prior to Columbus in order to reduce the book by 100 pages. I had to fight to get what little pre-columbian material I could. Incidentally, nine events about the Quileute did make it into the book. That is all I could find for events happening on an exact date. I am sure there are many more, but I was unable to find them. I cannot speak about people who claim to be Cherokee. All I know is about myself, and my family. I am an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, as is my mother, as was my grandfather, and his parents, and their parents. My mother and grandfather (both Adairs), grew up in Adair County, Oklahoma. I am upfront about the fact that I am not a "full-blood." I also do not get into arguments about who is more "native" than the next person. I, just as you, can call myself ANYTHING I wish. I happen to prefer American Indian, or Indian, over the phrase native American. Perhaps you perfer Native Peoples. That's fine with me. I like that better than Native American. I prefer Cherokee over American Indian. I prefer Phil over Cherokee. The following appears on my website, note the third paragraph: ------------- "Just for info, I bristle whenever I hear the phrase "Native American." When it comes to words to decribe this part of my background, I prefer just about ANY other term: American Indian, Indian, Aboriginal American, First American, First People, etc., etc. I have talked with 1000s of people about this. I have only encountered two (2) American Indians who prefer the NA term. Most Indians only use the term when someone else brings it up first. It is fine with me if people want to called themselves NA. That is their choice. By far, most Indians prefer to be called by their name (Phil, for example). Most would also prefer the use of their tribal name (Cherokee, for example) over any other phrase. I realize American Indians are not from India, thus American Indian is an inaccurate term. In my mind though, anyone born in the Americas (North and South) is a native American. I am "politically correct" in many ways, but not this one." ------------------- The part about tribal names sounds just like what you wrote. What I said has been posted on my website for years. You do not know me, and yet you are very critical of my motives. I do not know you, so I cannot judge your motives. Pardon me, but how have I ripped-off anyone? Do you know how many books I have donated to libraries? If you are the Karsten Boysen who is the editor of The Freshwater Drum, you should be ashamed of yourself. Most writers try to get their facts straight before accusing people of things. But, then, perhaps you were mistaken about what you thought you knew about me, and thought you did have your facts straight. While I do not consider him to be the abitor of what is "native" and what is not, one of the first people to add a link to my website (about 5 years ago) was Russell Means. He was the first person I ever heard who quoted the "In Dios" story. Incidentally, it was the marketing people at my publishers who said my book had the "most significant historical dates." I never said that. Marketing people have a tendency toward hyperbole. Many of the most significant historical events can not be traced back to an EXACT date, which is the format of my material. By the way, is your only object the lack of events before we discovered Columbus? Even considering that, it does not make my book bad. There are 5,400 other events which ARE listed. I am not trying to insult you, even if you are trying to insult me. Respectfully, Phil Konstantin I waited a few days to see if there would be a reply. There has been none. I do not mind constructive criticism. This just seemed a bit spiteful. Oh well, you cannot please everyone. =========================== That's it for this update Phil ====================================== End of January 2003 Newsletter, Part 2 ====================================== . . . . . . . . .
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