Please Do Not Touch The Indians

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They put a white guy in tan make-up
They put a black wig on his head
It’s no wonder we ain’t on tee-vee
They all think we’re dead

They write songs and they make movies
About Indians long ago
All those pictures never look like
Indian folks I know

CHORUS

Please do not (Please do not)
Touch the Indians
It’s my world
My only home
Please do not (Please do not)
Touch the Indians
Way-ya-hey-ya
Way-ya-hey-yo

Old time westerns show warriors
As fools and as liars
Cartoon Indians dancing ’round
A captive set on fire

A producer takes a call
From a studio on the phone
They want him to make “Geronimo”
With Sylvester Stallone

CHORUS

Please do not (Please do not)
Touch the Indians
It’s my world
My only home
Please do not (Please do not)
Touch the Indians
Way-ya-hey-ya
Way-ya-hey-yo

A so-called expert gave Hollywood
Knowledge that was a gem
“The best way to learn their history
Is to tell it all to them.”

Don’t expect to do much learnin’
From movies or tee-vee
They’ll put tipis in Seattle
Or Buffaloes in Chinle

CHORUS

Written by Arigon Starr
©2006 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission

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ABOUT “PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE INDIANS”

“Things are getting a little better in Hollywood,” mused Arigon. “At least producers make an effort to cast Native people in Native roles.” The history of Hollywood is full of folks like Jeff Chandler playing Cochise. Yet even today, there are some “Native” actors on-screen who change their tribal affliation as often as some folks change their socks. “The only solution for this is for Native people to make their own films and TV shows,” said Arigon. “I can only hope we show our people and ancestors more respect than some of the big budget projects that are out there today.”