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Oneida comedian Charlie Hill says, “When I first started I was backstage and another comic said to me, ‘An Indian comedian, what a gimmick, what a gimmick!’ I responded, ‘I can’t help it, my parents are gimmicks!’”


Most of the cultural icons Native Americans have are the ones forced on them by Hollywood – whooping savages or new-age shamans. But comedian Charlie Hill is one of a few Native artists trying to bust out of these stereotypes. He uses them in his stand-up routines. Reporter Brian Bull visits with Hill and other artists who try to portray Native Americans as three-dimensional characters.

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