Historically, the representation of Native Americans has been presented in a stereotypical way. Danielle Moonstar is one of the most prominent Indigenous superheroes. As a member of the X-Men and New Mutants, Dani has been at the forefront of comics for several years. From her appearance, it’s tempting to assume that she falls into the stereotyping category. The pigtails and turquoise belt are indications of her Cheyenne heritage. However, Dani breaks all the traditional tropes that are associated with her culture and I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading “Smashing Native American Stereotypes With Danielle Moonstar”
For this Beneath The Pages segment, I’m putting the spotlight on Native American graphic designer, Jeffrey Veregge. Veregge has created art for Marvel, Valiant and IDW, injecting his unique flair into comic covers. A member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Veregge is also of Suquamish and Duwamish tribal descent. His art style can be linked to his heritage, and here’s what makes it so appealing. Continue reading “Beneath The Pages: Jeffrey Veregge”
“Listen carefully, my son. You are not meant to right all the wrongs in the world. Seek justice in everything you do. But do not seek a fight. Violence only if it comes to you. These are not the teachings of the tribe. These are my teachings. You are your own man, Red Wolf. The world is changing quickly. You may not always understand it, but right and wrong will never change. The world is always talking to you, Red. If you rush to fight it, you won’t hear it. And if you can’t hear it speak, you can’t answer to it with justice.”
One of the great things about comics is the diversity of characters on offer. So, when a graphic novel focuses on a Native American superhero, it offers a fresh perspective on a well-known genre. Red Wolf: Man Out Of Time, written by Nathan Edmondson, follows Cheyenne warrior Red Wolf on a journey through time as he tries to balance his life as an outsider and protector.
As a massive comic fanboy, I always look to discover new characters and appreciate new perspectives. Learning about characters of different heritages can be interesting because you come to appreciate a different culture. Although Marvel and DC have a history of stereotyping certain groups, it doesn’t take away from the importance of the characters. So, with that said, here are four awesome Native American characters you might not have heard about.
Comics have a long history of representing characters of different origins, and many aren’t as well known as they should be. One of my favourites is Warpath of The X-Men. James Proudstar is an Apache, and one of the few Native American superheroes. He originally blamed The X-Men for the death of his brother John before becoming part of the team.