With “Slapping Medicine Man,” the hits keep coming from the 1491s. We’ve previously spotlighted their more serious clips, “Geronimo E-KIA” and “Smiling Indians,” but the 1491s is, by self-definition, “a sketch comedy group, based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.”
So let’s have some of that comedy. Forget your troubles, come on, get slappy!
In the video, medicine man Noah Ellis has a painful cure for what ails Tito Ybarra (Chippewa), Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota and Di?e), and Ryan Red Corn (Osage).
(Incidentally, Red Corn was in Washington, DC last week, speaking at the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs’ “Oversight Hearing on Setting the Standard: Domestic Policy Implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Right on!)