this is a (German) memory game I was playing the other day with one of the kids I watch. Do you see what I saw?
There is a [stereotypically depicted] “Native American” character there. I found it disturbing, and indicative of the way Native Americans are (perhaps unintentionally, but that doesn’t make it better) de-humanized and commodified in society. There were almost no “human” memory cards, and the ones that had humans- other than the Native American- were all occupation oriented (Clown, pilot, etc). But notice that the majority of the cards are objects and animals.
It basically reinforces the idea that Native Americans are just “things” rather than “people of a culture,” and are something we can “have,” and are in the same category as trees, dogs, houses, clocks, and peaches?? And that it’s enough to just have a Native American, because unlike white people, who can be pilots, Native Americans are just that?
I don’t feel good about this game.