While searching for news on the disaster from last night's Bar Rescue, I found this!
This is even in the lower income town of Council Bluffs that was looked down upon in Bar Rescue last night ("affectionately" called Council-tucky by some). The director D. Laureen Pickle discussed the changes she made to the two weekend production:
Working on her teacher certification a few years back, Pickle had attended a lecture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha by Kymi Johnson Rutledge about the negative stereotyping of Native Americans. Pickle later invited Rutledge to address her then-students at Uta Hallee Girls Village. And she didn't forget the lesson.
"There's still a proliferation of negative images that are generally accepted by the public," said Rutledge, an Omaha artist who identifies herself as a Miami tribe Native American of mixed heritage. "These are things we deal with on a continual basis. It takes a community of people becoming aware to make change."
The language and prop changes?
Pickle replaced the word Indian with warrior to describe Tiger Lily. Her fellow warriors, all girls in this production, have flower names like Tiger Lily's. Feathered braids and hatchets are gone. Decorated spears replace bows and arrows. Peter Pan will appear in one scene with a Tiger Lily flower in his hat, rather than a chief's headdress. Fractured English and guttural noises have also been replaced.
Way to go! Glad to know there's something positive happening in Council Bluffs outside of their horrible bar culture.