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Episode 54: Why Germany loves Winnetou — An Obsession with Indigenous peoples in the United States

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In this special episode, guest host Abigail Megginson examines the widespread use of American Indian imagery in German culture since the 18th century. But is it flattery or racism? Her guests are Renae Watchman, co-author of “Indianthusiasm,” which examines indigenous people’s responses to the German obsession with American Indians, and Florian Schleburg, chair of the Karl May Gesellschaft, a group dedicated to the prolific German author who fueled that obsession.
This show was produced by Abigail Meginnson and Dina Elsayed.

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