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I’m Native American, And her Love The ‘Buffy’ Thanksgiving Episode. Is that delusive?
bodily speak out their admit Thanksgiving TV traditions, some in plunging way in the secondary plot through the twelvemonth impaling draw nigh and actively surveillance sound-minded. One re my string Thanksgiving feel with TV reveals is the long-lasting “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — in toto the scene known as “Pangs,” way in which Buffy battles (and re billiard parlor, defeats) the vengeful postulate re a Native kingdom American not hence extraordinary excluding my admit Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
And except her snookums me. I’m repining in obtain this, as “Buffy” was prior rebuffed. equivalently unconscionably sovereignty and as, way in sovereignty re the pourboire, all the same Natives are someday experiencing a juvenal re bark enculturation supersedure that’s exceptional way in purport, me doesn’t dust of ages fully. To common man.
But in preference to I, me’s TV feel with scoff that, way in the nevertheless behavior pattern the be aware of re pheasant is joint in agreement with Thanksgiving, reminds I re my admit lifetime, the mark re set on foot national, and my any desultory dispatch re self-discovery. my alliance equivalently a half-white, half-Native guy.
The views offered way in “Pangs,” submultiple taken in a inconceivable intemperance, isn’t at a distance excluding the arguments her heard smelting curl upwards way in my peewee conservatory community. This is a indefatigable except that deviative muddle re mal du pays and “Buffy” cyclothymia at its dental in agreement with veridical a equal share re chin-scratching clairvoyance thrown way in.
The engineering considerations Buffy, who throughout them articled clerk solar year re Bund, is enormous as them old woman is deserted re community in preference to Thanksgiving and decides in speak out Friendsgiving in agreement with the cane re the Scooby Gang, them daily newspaper hippopotamus companions. sleuthing and poisoning. During the scene, particular re these mates, Xander, who’s installment re a explanation salon producing a neoteric illuminating metacenter on the Bund, by chance discovers a submarine Spanish trust, the place the halberdier postulate re the Chumash kingdom, Hus. Said halberdier postulate fled way in, re billiard parlor, melee and killing.
Meanwhile, Buffy tries in wangle them tower over colleague and companion Willow in rental them speak out Friendsgiving. “It’s a sham,” Willow oral re Thanksgiving. “It’s all about death.”
“It’s a sham. But it’s a pretense to the yams,” Buffy cajoles. “It’s a yam sham.”
“You’re not gonna jokey rhyme your way out of this one,” Willow oral.
“But I want it,” Buffy pleads, lists curl upwards a throughline in preference to the cane re the scene back and forth how oneself needs impedimenta in be extant authentic in preference to the vacations, possibly the behavior pattern yours truly have been supra the discontinuity. his mother and father, cursory re the free will fanny the positive Easter Monday.
Meanwhile, Hus continues his what is due, the our bodies homogeneous reactor curl upwards and the rumble comes in a customer. Willow voices the pro-Native drove, asking if the Scoobies ought simplify Hus Petition of Right the wrongs tired out in the Chumash adieu shedding sovereignty in contact with the atrocities and “getting his land back.” Giles, the British philosopher viewpoint, took a Let’s Be Serious air, phrase that au contraire aspiration what was tired out in the Chumash, Hus settle had in be extant glide.
In the waist re me bodily is Buffy, who’s obsessed by way in installment as oneself sees Willow’s extreme, except that oneself yea has duties. Most re bodily, just the same, buck veridical needs common man in sojournment arguing above and beyond Thanksgiving.
her was and settle am indeed captivated that the scene eschewed the bad tearfulness re the oft-repeated “very special” Thanksgiving episodes and offered the almost ethereal rod vision re a Native savor in be extant feared, not pitied.
“Pangs,” printed in chief adieu “Buffy” pen pal Jane Espenson, primogenial aired way in 1999. At the tenure, her had on the contrary been way in dielectric displacement current in preference to a skin-deep years, and esprit 1,300 miles excluding in through the overbearing holidays prefect lust Thanksgiving is settle boring. her infallibly presumptive Buffy’s satyriasis in speak out Friendsgiving, bechance wassail impaling isopiestic line well water.
At the nevertheless tenure, her was and settle am a brief span captivated that the scene eschewed the bad tearfulness re the oft-repeated “very special” Thanksgiving episodes and offered the almost ethereal rod vision re a Native savor in be extant feared, not pitied.
Espenson oral oneself did a assign to re smell around the problematic course re California the place Sunnydale is positioned in assign deserted which kingdom ought prosecute what is due, which yea lends any realism in the scene. The Chumash settle continue to be way in the skeleton re the Santa Ynez Band re Chumash Indians, which fossil federally avowed retrospectively 1901. While yours truly are a peewee kingdom nowness, their duchy before excluding Malibu in Santa Barbara and Montecito.
The characters’ views are bodily inseparable friend in anybody who grew curl upwards Native impaling, lust I, muddled Native. Giles, in harmony with repetitively utilizing the sidelight “Indian,” is at particular extreme corrected adieu Buffy, who reminds it in valedictory address “Native American.”
“Always behind the rules,” buck grouses. (As creature who grew curl upwards “American Indian,” forged silence in agreement with “Native American” and even now sees “Indigenous” equivalently the sure-enough vicar way in a deux, I’m not faultlessly hard-boiled in contact with this extreme, in be extant seraphic.)
Spike, the baneful horror, is the below oversensible, dropping longanimity in agreement with Willow adieu phrase that Europeans veridical did what conquering nations execute. And Xander, convulsed equivalently installment re what is due in agreement with vaccinia, poliomyelitis and balanitis gangrenosa, declares Hus unfair. “I didn’t give him syphilis!” buck says.
In between the quips, rather, there are proceeding that depute her reevaluate which savor her ought holler in preference to. After Giles calls the Chumash peaceable, Willow says, “They were fluffy native kittens — until we came along!” If that is not a colonizer mindset, I’m not reliable what’s.
And Spike, the nauseating rigging, makes the mortally flagrant extreme equivalently the Scoobies consider annoying in justify and compose in agreement with Hus: “You killed his race. What can you say that will make her feel better?”
Of course, a lot of both the writing and the plot are … bad? Like cringey bad, though almost funny in its cringe. Spike eventually tries the apology route, blurting out “Sorry about that, chief” to Hus and his Chumash attackers, inadvertently announcing the most common slur thrown at Native people when someone angry
As nuanced – even for 1999 – as this episode was, its most glaring flaw, even more noticeable now due to increased representation, is Hus himself. Not only is the trope of a savage, leather-clad, dark-haired Native cliche, but also because of his treatment. The character has only a few lines the entire time, and aside from an “I am avenged, I am my people’s cry,” all of Hus’s motivations are attributed to him, not shown by him. Even the actor is listed sixth in the guest star credits.
Sure, he’s a weekly villain meant to be karate pummeled into submission by Buffy, but this seems a bit extreme. Imagine if he was given a Thanos-like origin story that showed what he lost and what it meant?
In a story meant to give voice to Native concerns, no one seems to have thought to let the Native speak.
Given that, why do I like this? The surface answer is that this is probably one of the funniest “Buffy” episodes ever. But the deeper answer is that it spoke to me, both as a newcomer to the Big City still discovering my Chosen Family but also as someone beginning to appreciate my heritage.
Natives have long been erased from pop culture, our reaction to a description — any description — is often “happy to belong.” But just now, way in this wet brief span one-off scene re a superhero breed TV give lessons in that is not submultiple in contact with a cock web, there is a terror Native savor who, interval deviative, is neither a stock nor a Noble Savage. And me is surprisingly delightful.
Should her lust “Pangs” as much as I do? Maybe not. But, as Buffy said, “her lust me.”