Media Analysis

Media Analysis - Jasmine Hill ATH 304 Litefoot and Native...

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Jasmine Hill ATH 304 Litefoot and Native American Hip Hop Writers Note Thesis: Native American hip hop has provided opportunities for tribes to be able to promote Indian nationalism, spread their native stories to the mainstream society, and also show that a bicultural lifestyle is obtainable for all Native Americans if they chose to. When writing this paper, I first found it difficult to find meaningful information about the Native American hip hop genre. I could find plenty about African Americans or only specific information about awards received by the artists. I was having trouble thinking of a direction I wanted to take with the paper and what points I wanted to prove. After finding some more articles and thinking about some of the main things we discussed in class so far I decided to look into nationalism, mainstream knowledge of Native Americans, and the urban Indian lifestyle. I feel as if I was able to make connections to how Litefoot and other hip hop artists have created a great sense of pride for Native Americans and has really created movements that have promoted their image. I think if I had a little more time and longer number of papers and I really could have hit these issues in more depth.
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Native American hip hop is a cultural style on the rise. Similar to other U.S. minorities, Native Americans have begun to use hip hop as source of expression. Music provides them with a way to voice their feelings of oppression and social injustice with minimal negative consequences, such as jail time or physical harm. Some see hip hop as a political movement and others just see it as a new musical trend but for Native Americans it definitely provides a bridge into mainstream society. Native American hip hop has provided opportunities for tribes to be able to promote Indian nationalism, spread their native stories to the mainstream society, and also show that a bicultural lifestyle is obtainable for all Native Americans if they chose to. Litefoot is a member of the Cherokee Indian tribe of Oklahoma. Most commonly he is known as a hip hop artist but he is also an actor and is a prominent entrepreneur in the Native American community. His self-proclaimed style has been coined “Tribalistic Funk” based on a hybrid combination of Midwest, West Coast, and Dirty south rap styles (“Litefoot”). The inspiration for his lyrics not only comes from his Native American heritage but also from the parallelism of the struggles African Americans and Native Americans have in the mainstream society (“Litefoot”). Litefoot has been able to use his talent as an outlet for all Native Americans to express their feelings and heritage. With his success, he has used his name to help run organizations such as the National Indian Gaming Associates and has provided support to Native American tribes across the nation. Through all of his success, Litefoot has still been able to
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