exercise: National Geographic Presents
Europe's Fascination with Native Americans
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culture and traditions
all things Indian
to have more on
Mein Name ist Herbert Ustrabowsky.
to be made up of
to get together
to sink into
more of a
Mir gefällt, die Art der Indianer mit dem Umgang der Natur, in ihr zu leben, mit ihr zu leben...
Mein Name ist Elk Woman; ich bin Apachin.
Mein Name is "Der Mann ohne Zelt", und ich bin Asiniboine.
to get enraged
to be stuck in
to let someone go
to go native
to tap into
to pass knowledge onto
to turn x into y
to some extent
to read an underlying message in
to have a piece of
to feel left out
to have an undertone of
to be better off
to look for meaning in
to buy into the idea
imitation is the highest form of flattery
to go on
to cope with
(eins, zwei, drei...cheese!)
to live in the past
1. What are some of the activities the people in Bernd's Indian club engage in during their annual get-together?
2. How long has Germany been fascinated by Native American culture? The Native American culture of which period are they most interested in?
3. Who is Karl May, and what does he have to do with the phenomenon described in this report? Who is Winnetou?
4. What is an underlying message of May's novels, according to the man interviewed?
5. What reasons does Yurok Indian Marta Carlson give for being so upset by this trend among some Germans? What other reasons do you think there might be behind her unhappiness with the German interest in Native American culture and the Indian clubs?
6. What do you think the real reasons are why some Germans actually try to live out their fantasy of being and living like a Native American?