He calls himself the “Father of the Modern Primitive Movement, Teacher & Artist.” He was “born in 1930 on what was then an Indian Reservation, Fakir is a depression baby from Aberdeen, South Dakota.” South Dakota people! (see http://fakir.org/aboutfakir/index.html).
Many of the images you will find on his website highlight bare-breasted women pulling chest piercings. Yes I’m serious and from what I can see on his website, Fakir has turned sacred Sun Dance into a modern performance meant to entertain others. Sundance on a stage to entertain? What’s next?
Flesh offerings for fun, entertainment, and for shamanistic ecstasy? Talk about yet another example of a sick and twisted co-optation of sacred Indigenous traditions.
I’m still in a state of disbelief and it’s difficult for me to even look at the images on the website.
I have an idea – let’s organize as many Sundancers and Sundance families as we can and show up to his “Spirit + Flesh” workshop and ritual in San Francisco December 6, 2014?
#lablogadora #cooptation #respectindigenoustraditions