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While his writings showed his deep knowledge and concern about the environment, Belaney's account of his origins as "Grey Owl" was fictional. The consequences of the revelation were dramatic. Publishers immediately ceased producing his books under the name "Grey Owl". In some cases his books were withdrawn from publication. This in turn affected the conservation causes with which Belaney had been associated, resulting in a decrease in donations to them.
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Jun. 7th, 2016 11:20 am (UTC)
Oh, another affect I hadn't considered -- the recoil when pretendians are found out doesn't actually make people angry at white people, it makes people angry at native people. They become more likely to treat native people as 'not real' in response. :-
Jun. 8th, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
Hmm, i have to give this time to percolate,
but it feels right.
Jun. 9th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
It's cool, not to work for anyone, watch John, he paid the price, man.
Jun. 11th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)

And by way of comparison:  “Iron Eyes” Cody, of whom it was said, “If he ain't an Indian he oughtta be, he's more Indian than a good many who were born to it,“ i e  There's no Zealot like a convert.

I say, if you're gonna do that, go it all out:  Ignatius Donnelly's Atlantis, the Antediluvian World claimed the Mandan Indians were white, descended from transplanted Bronze-Age Europeans.  This was no less horse-puckey than the rest of the book, but if you need a good cover story, that would do…

Edited at 2016-06-11 01:39 am (UTC)
Jun. 18th, 2016 04:26 am (UTC)

The details that concern your previous statements seem to be missing.

The guy was accepted amongst the tribe that took him in when he was a teen. They all knew what he was all about, but they said nothing before or after he died. The reason is because he was one of them in their eyes. The people who seemed to be upset about him playing native were white people, not natives.

Jun. 18th, 2016 05:31 am (UTC)
Yea, thank you.
I think i do understand your point, though my post didn't reflect that. It was the larger society that was annoyed with him, not the people who accepted him.

There are three perspectives involved here. There is the person who claims to be or wishes to be part of a group; there is the group that accepts or rejects those claims or hopes, and there is the wider population and its peculiar definitions of reality. It is the person and the group whose perspectives should matter., but the larger world can have a powerful influence. Would Black Seminoles be rejected as fellow Seminoles if money were not involved and if they did not live in the midst of a racist society?
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