Tiffany Midge: Indian Country needs its own holiday classic films

Actor Gary Farmer. Photo by Laura Avellaneda-Cruz

Poet Tiffany Midge, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, is ready for Indian versions of holiday film classics. Will you watch too?
I don’t know about you, but I’m still waiting for the NDN versions of the holiday classic movies. There are many, many adaptions of A Christmas Carol, all with extra special twists. SNL did a version with the hilarious Alec Baldwin lampooning Trump. I hoped that Donald “Scrooge” would be visited by the ghost of president past, Richard Nixon, who’d dispense some useful and sage advice. But alas, he was visited by Putin instead.

I asked my boyfriend, “Who is the ghost of president future in the Donald “Scrooge” story?” And faster than an elf can say ugly Christmas sweater in Lakota, he said “what future? Is there one?” Touché.

Along those same lines, I’d like to see an NDN version of A Christmas Carol, called A Tradish-ish Tale. “The curmudgeonly tribal chairman Caesar Beaucoup, played by Graham Greene, is visited by three ghosts who make him realize the error in his ways. And help him walk the red road to redemption and healing. Bob Cratchit is played by Gary Farmer.”

There’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, except Natives have been living out that timeless ode since Columbus first set foot on these shores. A more apt title might be How the Whites Stole … Well, Everything.

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