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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,
and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
--Mark Twain (t/n Samuel Langhorne Clemens)


18h UTC; MONDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2013: Those who persist in seeking out the Underlying Significance and Insight of the images as lead off these posts may want to ponder, for one, the Latin expression tu quoque, also expressed by the question "I know you are, but what am I?"--in essence, counsel to hypocrisy by claiming that the opposition does exactly the same thing you're accused of carrying out.

No doubt explaining said image and the quotation, itself from Twain's travel journal Innocents Abroad; by clicking on the aforementioned image, reader, one will discover what I'm trying to get at in this. Too, such ought be enough for us Real Americans to recognise the error of past ways such as the "White Man's Burden" and the "manifest destiny" doctrine condoning the former (especially so where God was invoked to further excuse the two interconnected concepts).

Meanwhile, Your Correspondent, ever the fan of Wisconsin Dells, hath it that in its day (i.e., between 1929 and 1996, even allowing for an appearence at the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago in 1933), they were home to the Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial, perhaps the single greatest Native American/First Nations pageant ever staged anywhere in North America with an all-Native American cast throughout, performed at a natural amphitheatre near the Stand Rock boat landing in the Upper Dells. Declining interest in Native American lore and ritual, as well as extended mismanagement and predictability of act year after year, killed off same after several years of declining attendance starting in the mid-1980's.

The which I bring up because:
  1. There are certain misguided "European-AmeriKKKan" types who insist on seeing their "traditional folk culture and heritage" as "indigenous," irrespective of the Native American presence even before Columbus, DeLeon, Coronado, deOviedo, &c., made their presence known on the North American continent in journeys of discovery;
  2. Their patsy about "European-AmeriKKKan culture and heritage" being the true defining standard of a "morally superior" Amerikanischer Realkultur, and such being "under threat and danger", is just that--a patsy, plain and simple;
  3. Evidence is extrant that a number of so-called "European-AmeriKKKan Culture and Heritage Festivals" as have been held in recent years across the country are actually "dogwhistle" exercises in racist and white-nationalist propaganda (especially so at the brochure tables), under auspices of white-nationalist groups through front businesses (to avoid attracting suspicions); and
  4. Suggestions have been advanced among some longtime visitors to Wisconsin Dells as fondly recall the Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial to bring in something in that vein, the better to reestablish its traditional associations with Native American culture, heritage and folkways in the face of their becoming The Waterpark Capital of the World. That, and maybe a shop offering Native American-made giftware, objets d'art, jewellry and suchlike in the downtown area.
To which I might add an intriguing possibility (if it could be called that): Setting up a coffeehouse in Downtown Wisconsin Dells in among one of several abandoned and derelict storefronts along The Broadway that would feature Native American/First Nations artists, musicians and storytellers in much the same vein that other such feature jazz, folk, New Age and other musical genres (as if trying to set the Dells apart from your typical Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Peet Brothers or other chain such); for the sake of variety, and in keeping with the desideratum of Native American entertainment, I'd also love to see thus featured Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander culture, music, stories and art compatible with a coffeehouse milieu.

Mark Twain was right:
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." (Which has been Engrishfied for your amusement and edification[?] right here, for such as are interested.)

In the immortal words of the late John Cameron Swayze
as concluded every broadcast
of the Camel News Caravan (NBC-TV, 1949-1956),
"That's the story; glad we could get together ..."


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