Pingy-Dingy Wednesday – Muliwai, Hinemoana of Turtle Island and the post, “On Cameron Crow’s Aloha and Indigenous Pacific Films We Actually Recommend”

It took a while for this white femme to get clued in, but once you start looking, racist and ridiculous caricatures of Hawaii and Native Hawaiians are as prevalent as those of American Indians. Masquerading as kitsch, all-pervasive images and objects, such as dashboard hula girls, are far, far from inoffensive.

Muliwai and Hinemoana of Turtle Island, you get one pingy-dingy! Thank you for teasing apart some of the complexities of representing indigenous peoples, and for the amazing film suggestions.

I’m a typewriter whompin’, card catalogue lovin’ white girl from back in the day, and I yearn for a time before the covers of trade paperbacks were all squidgy, so you can imagine that I don’t actually understand what a pingback is. I do know that it can in some way be part of spreading the love, and since that’s what I’m all about at The Total Femme… every Wednesday, I pay homage to the laughter and inspiration to be had elsewhere online.

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life prevents posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”)