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Tremendous Event! 12-15 October: Reparation Days 2017 & #NativeAmerican Remains in German Museums

There are hundreds, and doubtless thousands of Native American sacred items, objects and human remains in Germany. Before and after, but especially during their colonial period (1871-start of WWI) graverobbing, looting and theft by German “scientists” took place around the world, including North America. This past week I participated in Reparation Days 2017, with final event the Conference: Prussian Colonial Heritage, and added their signature to a powerful resolution along with representatives from Japan, Australia, Tanzania, Namibia and others who had been robbed, and which Germany had repeatedly denied and/or minimized reparations for the genocide. Many just know the European Jewish Holocaust, but the 1st genocide took place in Africa, but it gets far less, if any, attention and it is not taught in German schools or any of their colonial crimes.

This is a huge, on-going issue as the Humboldt Forum is now being constructed. It is a multimillion dollar recreation of their emperor’s palace, which will house all of this loot taken, including the bodies of the dead. Finally, the peoples and communities most affected are being denied a voice and place in the decision-making process of recognition and repatriation.

The English version of the resolution and press release is below the German one, and you’ll see the list of speakers and representatives, that included myself and Wanbli Gleska Tohake, my mentor and sponsor in AIM Central Texas, who is Lakota from Rosebud Reservation. The decolonization struggle continues worldwide.

It begins: “We, the undersigned speakers, presenters and participants of the transnational conference “Prussian Colonial Heritage: Sacred Objects and Human Remains in Berlin Museums” on October 14/15, 2017 in the Centre Français de Berlin recognize that communities all over the world have lost a considerable part of their cultural heritage, including even “sensitive materials” – comprising “sacred objects” and “human remains” – by force and fraud in the wake of colonial conquests.”  Read the full resolution here at the Berlin Post-Kolonial website.

Other photos from the venue made by me.



“That’s a Wrap!” Photos from #Documentary Finale Scene Shoot in #Berlin, Sept 30th!

A sincere thank you to everyone who came out to participate and help with filming great scenes that will be included in upcoming documentary Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes and as production extras for the DVD! It was a beautiful and sunny afternoon in Germany beside the picturesque Tegelsee in Berlin. As I am almost exclusively “behind the camera”, it was nice to finally see myself in photos, which were taken by Viveka Frost and Haven Smith, who are part of our team.

Call For Participants: “Finale Scene” for @ForgetWinnetou #Documentary

Where: Northwest Berlin, Germany

When: 30 September 2017

What time: From 15:30 to appr. 17:00

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming documentary film, directed by me, and titled: Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany.  We are fully in post-production and editing is progressing well. As planned, we are on schedule for an early December 2017 general release but…

On Saturday, 30 September, we will shoot a special scene in which those interested can be a part. It will be a crowd scene of participants walking and interacting on location.

In this scene:

  1. We illustrate that indigenous and Native people here in Germany or that wherever they are in the world, they may not and do not have to fit European expectations or created stereotypes.
  2. We illustrate Natives and non-Natives can and do live and work together, and it does not need and should not be a situation of imbalance, of power and control, especially considering colonial history and the continuing practices of native mascots, misrepresentation, cultural appropriation and so forth.

Our small but dedicated team will be on location at 14:30 and we will begin as soon as those who signed-up have gathered. In order to participate, due to EU law, we will need you to sign a short waiver that you agree for your image to be used in our film. Each participant or family group will receive either a film postcard or sticker in appreciation for their participation, as long as supplies last.

30 September is supposed to be a sunny and mild afternoon, but please take note weather conditions may change. It is directly next to a lake, so dress appropriately. We are not responsible for child or animal care for this event, so please be aware of the surroundings.

Please use the contact form below to sign-up. We will add your email address to our list, and provide everyone with more information about location, and directions for the scene.

12 &15 October: A Workshop on Native Issues Then A Conference on “Stolen Sacred Objects & Human Remains”

14 & 15 October 2017 | 11 am

Transnational Conference

Sacred Objects and Human Remains in Berlin Museums

Centre de Francais Berlin | Müllerstraße 74 | 13349 Berlin

Senator for Culture and Europe Klaus Lederer (opening), Bénédicte Savoy (France/Germany), Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Cameroon/Germany), Noa Ha (Germany), Pejo Layiwola (Nigeria), Roxley Foley (Australia), Regina Sarreiter (Germany), Caroline Mchome (Tanzania), Shiynyuy Semaiy Gad (Cameroon/Germany), members of No Humboldt 21

Mnyaka Sururu Mboro (Tanzania/Germany), Zulu Gama V (Tanzania), Konradin Kunze (Germany), D.S. Red Haircrow (USA/Germany), Tahir Della (Germany), Waltrauds Ignatsia Ortman (Namibia), Esther Muinjangue (Namibia), Fanuel Haukambe (Namibia)

The debate concerning the provenance and future of items acquired in the wake of European colonialism has intensified in recent times, due to the current German project which aims to reconstruct the imperial Berlin Palace and once again display the world’s cultural treasures in the building. Above all this debate concerns translocated “materials of sacred significance” and human remains, items which belong to a category defined by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the UN as “sensitive materials”.

Both of these organizations require the museums to expeditiously “initiate dialogues” with the source communities in order to discuss “the return of cultural property”. However, within the current debate concerning Berlin’s non-European collections the opinions of those who “have lost a significant part of their heritage” are hardly represented at all. Our conference will provide a platform for source community members and experts who should have been consulted “with respect and sensitivity” (ICOM) by the managers of the Humboldt Forum and of the Foundation Prussian Cultural Heritage (SPK) all along.

NGO alliances “No Humboldt 21!”, ISD Bund e.V. Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland

The conference is part of our project „Just Listen – Globalgeschichte von unten und zivilgesellschaftlicher Dialog”

Contact and registration
Berlin Postkolonial e.V. | 01799 100 976 | buero(at)

Conference Fees
10 Euros per day



Red Haircrow will be giving a workshop on the Native human remains situation in Germany & sharing contemporary current native issues with historical context. Event in English & German.

12 Oktober! Reminder #BREBIT-Fachtag: im Rahmen der 14. Brandenburger Entwicklungspolitischen Bildungs- und Informationstage lädt Sie die Koordinationsgruppe in Kooperation mit Berlin Postkolonial e.V. zu dem Fachtag BREBIT-Fachtag “Entwicklungshilfe” oder Reparationen?​ Warum die Nachfahren Kolonisierter Wiedergutmachung fordern“ ein. (Event in English & German).

Wann: 12.Oktober 2017, von 9.30 Uhr bis 16.30 Uhr

Wo: Bürgerhaus am Schlaatz, Schilfhof 28, 14478 Potsdam

“Spanien, Italien und die USA werden am 12. Oktober 2017 offiziell den 525. Jahrestag der „Entdeckung Amerikas“ durch Christoph Kolumbus feiern. Hingegen haben indigene Initiativen schon in mehreren Staaten Amerikas erreichen können, dass der auf dem Kontinent weitverbreitete Nationalfeiertag mit der Ehrung der kolonisierten Bevölkerung verbunden wird. Auf dem Weltsozialforum in Tunis 2013 hat ein Bündnis von Nichtregierungsorganisationen den Termin zum weltweiten International Day for Reparations concerning Colonization erklärt.”

“Die BREBIT 2017 begeht den Tag gemeinsam mit Expert*innen und Aktivist*innen aus amerikanischen und afrikanischen Ländern, die mehr über die weltweiten Bewegungen für Reparationen berichten. So informiert der Filmemacher und Schriftsteller Red Haircrow über den anhaltenden Kampf der Native Americans mit der US-Regierung bezüglich anhaltender Vertragsverletzungen. Frau Dr. Claudia Rauhut stellt in ihrem Workshop die Reparationsbewegung der Staaten der Caribbean Community (CARICOM) vor und kontextualisiert dabei auch einen Videobeitrag von Professor Verene Shepherd (Vorsitzende des Nationalen Reparationskomitees von Jamaika). Israel Kaunatjike berichtet vom Kampf der Ovaherero und Nama um Entschädigung für den Völkermord der kaiserlichen „Schutztruppe“ in der ehemaligen Kolonie „Deutsch-Südwestafrika“ in den Jahren 1904 bis 1908. Mnyaka Sururu Mboro gibt in seinem Workshop Auskunft über die auch in Tansania geführte Debatte zur Rückgabe von Museumsobjekten und menschlichen Gebeinen sowie über Reparationen für den verheerenden Maji-Maji-Krieg in der ehemaligen Kolonie „Deutsch-Ostafrika“.

“Nach der Mittagspause möchten wir mit Ihnen zusammen diskutieren, ob die ehemaligen Kolonialmächte – darunter auch Deutschland – statt großzügig erscheinender „Entwicklungshilfe“ nicht eher zur Wiedergutmachung für koloniale Ausbeutung, Versklavung, Vertreibung und Vernichtung verpflichtet sind.

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