The mainstream American culture has often dealt with the hard history of Native Americans – as it has with black people – by making jokes.
These jokes were/are sometimes purely mocking, and sometimes from a posture of sympathy.
Below are a few examples. Click the track titles to listen.
1. “Marlon Brando Interview” – Chevy Chase, John Belushi
You might remember John Belushi’s Brando impression from “Saturday Night Live.” He actually did a little Brando for his “SNL” screen test.
Before all that, Belushi performed with Chevy Chase on “The National Lampoon Radio Hour.” This short skit makes fun of Brando’s well-known affinity for Native American causes.
2. “Indian In-Laws” – Cledus T. Judd
Country-music comedian Cledus T. Judd is thought by some to be funny. Judge for yourself. This song is a parody of Tim McGraw’s 1994 hit “Indian Outlaw.”
3. “Thanksgiving, or Pass the Indian Please!” – Firesign Theatre
I never got into the Firesign Theatre. So your pot is safe around me.
4. “I’m an Indian” – Fanny Brice
This one dates back to 1921. It’s a vaudeville classic from Jewish comedienne Fanny Brice.