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Happy Birthday, Karl!

February 25th, 2011

One year has passed since Winnetou Production was founded. It was an eventful year in which many milestones were passed. We travelled much and witnessed things that a white man rarely sees. We spent time with the very people that Karl May wrote about in his Traveller Tales and we were honored with their friendship. Our mission to bring Karl May to an English speaking world is progressing well and we continue to fulfill our mission in his honor.

So, Happy Birthday, Karl!

May your work continue to live in the hearts and minds of your readers, no matter what their age.

One can Learn a Lot from American Indians

February 21st, 2011

Gojko Mitic as Winnetou

Actor Gojko Mitic (70) urged Western Europeans to greater material modesty. The American Indians are a suitable model. “One can learn a lot from Indians. They’ve taken from nature only what they needed – never more”, said Mitic, the actor of numerous Eastern block Indian films, in Leipzig on Monday …

Yes, indeed! Having spent but a short time among the American Indians I experienced their oneness with nature and their generosity. Sadly though the white man’s greed puts national interest ahead of the rights that our indigenous population should enjoy. This insidious desire to accumulate wealth is encroaching on the very territories that should be off limits. History has shown how treaties were made and broken and how our indigenous population has been driven from the very land where their ancestor’s lie buried. Mr. Mitic’s admonition should be contemplated, and Karl May’s Winnetou should also serve as an example of how we should live our lives.

Still Lying After All These Years

February 20th, 2011

By Glenn Morris

Much fanfare has been made of Barack Obama’s December 16, 2010, announcement at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. Obama stated that the United States was finally “lending its support” to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples—the U.S. being the last major country on the planet to do so.

I wish that there were a more diplomatic way to say this, but the plain fact is that Obama, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, lied to the Tribal Nations Summit Conference, and to the world, on December 16. I do not relish raining on the parade of those who took Obama at his word, or to dash Indian country’s optimism that finally someone in the White House is going to change the fundamentals of U.S. indigenous policy. It is necessary, however, to face a tough reality. The United States has not, does not now, and likely will never honestly support the Declaration in its current form.