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Nikes for Injuns
By David Yeagley

American Indians are fat, and have funny-shaped feet.   That’s the report from Nike, Inc., the world’s largest athletic shoe and clothing company.  They’ve made a sneaker for us! We Indians are so proud to have finally gained status in the white world.   “Cutting edge” status, as Indians might say. So what if Indians are generally obese, and have a “distinct foot shape”?

Nike has just release a new tennis shoe exclusively for American Indians in a noble gesture of ethnic honor, in “an effort aiming at promoting physical fitness in a population with high obesity rates.”

Our own Nikes! What an achievement! Indians have been recognized by the private sector as distinct human beings!  How did this happen? What depth of foresight, planning, and wondrous accomplishment by our modern Indian leaders!  It is truly overwhelming.  

Word is that “Nike Air Native N7” will be distributed only to American Indians.  Tribal health organizations, Indian wellness programs and Indian schools will be able to purchase the sneakers at wholesale prices, and then pass them to the Indians at no cost.  


Sam McCracken, manager of Nike's Native American
business program, shows the new Nike Air Native N7
shoe at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., Tuesday,
Sept. 25, 2007. Nike unveiled the new shoe Tuesday,
the first-of-a-kind performance shoe designed to
address the specific fit and width requirements for
the Native American foot.


“Nike said it is the first time it has designed a shoe for a specific race or ethnicity.”   Now, is that status, or what?  Listen up, all ye jumpers in the hoods. Ain’t nothing special ‘bout ya’ll.  Injuns got our own shoes!  

We’ve always been surveyed, but now even our feet are in the offing.   (Never mind our real opinions on mascots, casinos, or land development.)   Our feet are measured.  Head to toe analysis.
 
“Nike designers and researchers looked at the feet of more than 200 people from more than 70 tribes nationwide and found that in general, American Indians have a much wider and taller foot than the average shoe accommodates. The average shoe width of men and women measured was three width sizes larger than the standard Nike shoe.”

“The design features several ‘heritage callouts’ [read stereotypes] as one product manager described it, including sunrise to sunset to sunrise patterns on the tongue and heel of the shoe. Feather designs adorn the inside and stars are on the sole to represent the night sky.”   I’m sure the Chief of the Lakota was consulted about this.   I’m confident that the National Congress of American Indians weighed in.   Surely stellar Leftists like the heafty Suzan Harjo offered their ponderous opinions.

No?  You mean it was all a white man’s thing?   It was an act of pure humanitarian consideration?
 
I’m afraid I must protest!
 
Once again Indians have been singled out at the most pitiable human beings in the country.   We have been honored as fatsos with misanthropic feet.
 
And just where are those great voices of integrity, those guardians of Indian pride?   Where are the professional protesters?  How can they let us be humiliated in this massive way?   How can they be silent, when the souls of our feet are lured into national status—as freaks of nature?
 
They’re all for it. John Dickson, a member of the executive council of the Native American Leadership Alliance in Washington, D.C. blesses it.   Now, the NALA is a bit of an odd group, odder that it should be referenced at all. It is a Washington, DC/Jerusalem based organization, with a world mission of peace and healing.  You know, the usual.  (That’s one of our better stereotypes.)

Dr. Kelly Acton, of the national Indian Health Service diabetes department has blessed the shoe.  Jerry Bread, outreach coordinator for the Native American Studies program at University of Oklahoma, blessed the shoe, though he was a bit taken aback at the general reports of podiatric misanthropy.  

Well, it looks like I’m on my own.   No editorials yet from the gallery of great voices.

I say achievement through failure is a weak approach to success.  Recognition for irresponsibility is a damning condition.   Honor for indolence is mockery.
 
A shoe designed especially for Indians is going to make us walk more?   A national company name lent to Indians is going to inspire us to better health?

I have to think of that book by Michael Paul Rogin, Fathers and Children:  Andrew Jackson and the Subjugation of the American Indian (Vintage, 1976).  That says it all, really.  Fathers and children.   We Indians are really still children in the white world.  We have to be taken care of.  We haven’t grown up yet. Some thought of us as hopeless, to be completely eliminated, as William T. Sherman suggested:  “they have all to be killed, or be maintained as a species of paupers.”
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       Well I hope you get them in a different color instead of that ugly BLUE! :laugh: I wear a size 13 and a half I hope there's a place for my bunion! :D


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I think my family all have Indian feet, only in a reduced version...
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Still don't see what's wrong with it. I thought you all talked about being different? What's wrong with designing with a difference?

Reminds me of athletes and musicians who complain about the "instrument" - shape of tennis racket, length of the violin, (for me it is my small hands, hard to get the octaves). The major professionals have specially designed ones, don't they?

And why not stress health? How else can one get better otherwise?

Just my (more than 2 cents :D) view.
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A shoe designed especially for Indians is going to make us walk more?


No, but it might improve your vertical jump.   See, Indians can't jump either.  Not unless they're half Black.  Or, at least one eighth.  ....    Black.  ...    One eighth Black.

This reminds me of how Ishi's (the Yahi Yana's) personal physician, Dr. Saxton Pope, described Ishi's feet as being the picture of the perfect foot.  The ultimate healthy foot, the envy of even the most discerning of podiatrists.     High arched, wide and strong, from going without shoes.   Ishi didn't like shoes at first, because they hurt, but later forced himself to wear them because he wanted to conform.   Shoes have made civilized man's feet weak.

This also reminds me of that throwback to the Aborigine, Rob Bredl, the inimitable Aussie naturalist, who's been going without shoes through the bush since he was a kid, even going on Jay Leno's Tonight Show barefoot.   They call him the Barefoot Bushman, but he's as English/European as a transplanted Aussie could be.    He traipses all over the hot desert sands and rocky crags of the Outback, over the stones and sticks of the Bush, in his bare footsies, never uttering so much as an ouch.   Just like the Indigene of old.  As an Aussie Vietnam Vet I'm sure he even tread the swamps of the Vietnamese jungles barefoot too, pungee sticks or no.  

Look at his promotional video at the link below.

http://www.barefootbushman.com.au/

This YouTube cracks me up.   "If you're going to do this, always measure your crocodile."?  Yeahuh!  Right!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k_uhkecTqk

And I can't even stand up on the rocks at the beach anymore without writhing in pain.  And hot sand is a killer.   I've lost me Killer Instinct it seems.    That's why I wear the rubber beach combers to protect me tender foots when looking for life's shells.  I should go barefoot more I'm thinking.  At least in the bedroom anyway.
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Air Jordans for Indians?

I'll take a pair if they have zippers.  Velcro makes you look old.

He's got a spring in his step.   He's talkin the walk.  It's all about image.  The shoe makes the man.

Personally?   I like my Merrills.   I call em my clown shoes.
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