The 1491s

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The 1491s

The 1491s are a comedic group that travels the nation telling Native stories and bringing various social issues to light. They describe themselves as a “gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.” The 1491s got their start when the father of Dallas Goldtooth married the mother of Migizi Pensoneau. Growing up, the two boys made videos for fun. Eventually, the three other members asked to join in. Their mission is simply to make themselves and their audience laugh, and to encourage critical discussion about some social norms within the Native community.  

Their videos may be found on their website, 1491s.com, or on YouTube. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter


Written by Jessica Gibbs

Interviews conducted and edited by Jessica Gibbs

 
 

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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.