Um, Vamp Diaries? Why are the Native Americans invisible?

Dwight, baby...this is for you.

Someone explain to me how we've gotten through almost three seasons and about 1,000 years of Mystic Falls history...without seeing a single Native American?  How did THAT happen?

There were episodes which flashed back to 1000 years ago, where we actually saw the Viking families going about their daily business in their little village, which was located supposedly next door to the Native American werewolf tribe.  Yet not once in any of these episodes do we see any Native Americans - not once.

Mind you, we see white werewolves.  In fact, we see plenty of white werewolves, starting with the Lockwood family, stretching all the way back to their slave-owning ancestors.  We see other werewolves later on, but we don't see a single Native American werewolf.

"1/16th Cherokee"
We hear plenty of references to Native Americans and the ancient werewolves.  The Original Family of vampires, in fact, refers to "the Natives" all the time.  Hell...the vampire Klaus himself was borne of an adulterous relationship his mother had with a Native American werewolf, yet he looks completely Aryan and we've zero info on his biological father.  We've never even seen the man, but we've seen his son and lover all the time...just not him.

Um, what gives?

I find the patent physical erasure of the Native Americans rather odd in this instance, considering the constant references to them and their obvious importance to the overall story's mythos.  So again I ask the question: what gives?

And where are their descendants?  This was obviously no ordinary Native American tribe; the white man's weapons would've been useless against them, as would, I'm assuming, diseases like smallpox.  Their impending wrath was enough to drive the vamp family back to the Old World so...where are they now and why did their descendants allow their homeland to be overrun by a bunch of POC-murdering vamps?  In fact, after the vampire debacle with the Vikings, why were any other foreigners ever allowed back on their land?

I once said that "that which the writers shoveth in thy without explanation, they taketh the same way."  This is merely a variation; just like we have Great & Powerful Black witches who die all the time on the show, we have Great & Powerful Native American werewolves who are simply nowhere to be found...even 1000 years ago when they held indisputable sway over the land.

I smell a bit of Counting Negroes Syndrome here; after all, we couldn't have more than three Asians on the show - all dead, still no new ones - and we clearly can't have too many Negroes, so it would appear that the writers find it much more preferable to simply imply that Native Americans in Mystic Falls are extinct, and the bad-ass werewolf tribe got defeated, well...somehow...so we all need to just shut up and focus on the King and Queen of Blandia's boring, pointless, romance and THE WORST PORTRAYAL of vampire origins I have seen since Blade: Trinity.

No, seriously...what gives?

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  1. This is one of the most annoying things, IMHO, about the lack of 'supernatural' individuals who are PoC. Why wouldn't there be non-white vampires, werewolves, zombies, succubi, etc? It's as if only whites are worthy of being 'blessed' with supernatural powers.

    This is one reason I never watched any of the 'X-Men' movies - I was greatly offended that Princess Ororo was 'whitewashed'...she was a dark-skinned African princess in the graphic novels! Characters who aren't white in novels are made so on the big screen - it's pathetic.

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  2. I think when you've occupied the center of the narrative for so long it’s almost impossible to consider other races in science fiction/horror.

    "They're called minorities for a reason." As I quoted in another post: "Nah you’re all getting at this from the wrong angle. There’s a lot more lead actors who are white, and then to balance the cast they need minorities on the side (they’re called “minorities” for a reason). Now you don’t want to kill off your lead actor because Americans wouldn’t get it, but you do want to kill off some of the support cast to build emotion and fear."

    As you can see its simply an exercise in mathematics. More of us (Whites) than them, so naturally we're entitled to a lion's share of the available parts. Additionally, when people of color are cast (or blessed with any reason to be on-screen) their job is to die dramatically and get out of the way; thereby heightening the emotional content. This way the bulk of the narrative continues without the audience ever developing empathy for the non-white character. (As we saw in Chronicle) Course it didn’t work as well for Rue, in the Hunger Games.

    Lastly, even if they included Native American characters in the plot, they would in all probability be white-washed.

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    1. "Lastly, even if they included Native American characters in the plot, they would in all probability be white-washed."

      Or a walking stereotype.

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  3. Love this Quote:

    "It means there’s the way white people view movies, and then there’s everyone else. White people take it for granted that the average white guy’s life span in a movie is two hours. White people see every movie and get shocked when the minority gets killed in the eternal struggle of the survival of the white movie star. The rest of us watch the ethnic supporting cast get assembled and subconsciously prepare ourselves for a bloodbath. White people in return think we’re exaggerating and overreacting. That’s because lots of caucasians simply have no conception what this is like when there is literally a different cinematic universe that conspires to kill you whenever it gets bored of you."

    Now that's it in a nutshell; because it applies to television as well.

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  4. I don't know about ya'll, but I'm tired of seeing POCs on that show die. I mean, I'd love to a Native Werewolf sweep Bonnie off her feet and into a sunset, but fuck, his/her ass will be dead by the next episode because the writers have this quota of dead, non-white folks to consider.

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  5. EVERYONE KNOWS that the Vikings discovered America thousands of years ago and then Christopher Columbus discovered it again centuries later and settled with all the white peepul. Native Americans were few and scarce and thus irrelevant.

    Mmmmhmmmm. Tru Fax!!!!!!


    /epic sarcasm

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  6. I was also wondering. Maybe they figured they've fulfilled their POC quota or supn. That 1000yr flashback irritated the hell outta mi.
    Keshy

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  7. And now for the dead Negro portion of the evening...or in this case, never existed...

    Vamp Diaries can suck a hot bowl of gonorrhea-infested dicks.

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  8. Ankh is taking so many for the team. I quit watching True Blood because of her. I never STARTED watching some of these shows because of her. I don't want to invest my time in watching something that's just going to end up pissing me off. It's like they throw some people of color in in the beginning for good measure and ratings. Once those ratings take off and our numbers aren't needed to bolster a new show, then PoC are unceremoniously dumped. One day, Ankh, people will write songs about you. Name their offspring after you. lol Because this shit right here? This shit right HERE?? No ma'am! No thank you!! I owe you a beer!

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    1. Awwwwww...*blushes*.

      Have you watched Person of Interest? Taraji's got a good show going on there....

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    2. No, but at your recommendation, I will! I need a new show to watch with my lovely mother!

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    3. Oh and let me elaborate on WHY I quit watching True Blood (amongst other fuckery). The fact that they killed Tara AND that godDAMN scene of her running for her life like a plantation slave and being set upon by dogs. Id didn't know why that scene bothered me so much until you delved deeper. Then it clicked. No, those blistered and pus ridden assholes aren't getting MY viewing.

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    4. "I don't want to invest my time in watching something that's just going to end up pissing me off."

      This right here is why I don't watch television or movies as much as I use to. And when I do watch it I mentally prepare myself first.

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    5. Y'all...it has taken about 2 mos for me to get through 1.5 eps of TB. I gave up.

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  9. Ugghhh dude....they are shaming the hell out everything. And I do believe Anne Rice did say in one of her books that Vampires come from every country you can think of. So Ergo ...there should be some Native American Vampires/werewolves etc. but Vampire Diary don't want to hear none of that shit.

    I swear twilight ruined vampires and werewolves for all of us. But Vamp Diaries is along the same lines especially with their fucked up killing spree of POC characters on the show. Like WTF?

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    1. Ironically, Twilight has no problem hiring and portraying Native Americans. They were established upfront. So this one area where the win goes to the Twi-Hards.

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    2. YEAH, about that. There's actually A LOT of problems when it comes to the wolves in the Twilight series. Imprinting, is just one of those fails. Representing PoC as being wild, animalistic, and untamed compared to the 'beautifully pale' Cullens, is another.

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    3. Yea that's where I have a huge problem too. And yea I have to give them that, they did establish them upfront so win there. It's just the plot is sooooooooooo painfully BAD. And I'm still gonna call them Twi-Tards

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  10. There is no end to the fail in Twilight - that goes without saying. Nevertheless, the Native Americans are not simply mentioned; they're actually shown. And when Jacob said, "If your kind ever come on our land again....." I raised an eyebrow.

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  11. So I watched Vamp Diaries last night. And not only were the Natives Whitewashed.. they were ALSO Stereotyped. OMG Fail.

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  12. I enjoy The Vampire Diaries, but there are definite problems when it comes to POC and in particular its representation of Native Americans and Native American history. Dismissively, Native Americans are never identified by their particular tribe, merely referred to as the 'natives'. There's never any acknowledgement that America was once their land, but a constant reference to the European 'founders'. Worse than not having any Native American characters, Native American culture and history has been virtually erased from TVD.
    One of the biggest omissions from the series concerns vampire mythology. The fact is, vampires can be traced back to the Sumerians (aka Mesopotamians) (modern Iraq) who developed the first writing around 4000 BC! The first writing in the world, and they had a word for vampire! The Sumerians gave rise to the Babylonians, who defeated and absorbed the Israelites (from whom came the story of Lilith) who gave rise to Christianity, which was brought to Europe by the early Christians and in the 4th century AD adopted by the Romans.
    True Blood have this as part of their vampire mythology. The Vampire Diaries has missed a trick, and for some reason restricts itself to 11th century Europe as the point of origin for vampires.

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  13. Thank you for writing this. It means so much to read this. For someone else in this world to see what I see. I love it!

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