Boyden: An Imposter Under Native Law

By Doug George-Kanentiio According to the customs of the Mohawk Nation the author Joseph Boyden is a fraud, an imposter, an imposition and an impediment, one who has exploited a mythical indigenous identity for material gain. In the US there is a law, the Indian Acts and Crafts Act of 1990, which makes it illegal for any individual to market Native works of art when that person in not a member of an aboriginal nation. Fines upon conviction can be as high as $250,000 with a five year prison term. Canada needs to enact a similar law to prosecute and punish those who extract a demonstrable benefit under the pretense of being Native. When these charlatans knowingly do so they cause harm to Natives by eclipsing our work or by…

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