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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Native Americans in Europe

Street performers are cool...but only if they are actually performing...

Native Americans in Europe
Music: Not the guys in the video


  • oh look! it IS a random minidisc player. Silly street performers.

    By Blogger Des, at 3:01 AM, September 19, 2005  

  • Josh this is a great work, nothing else to say beacause I'm really disappointed

    By Blogger Cuoredifango, at 4:45 AM, September 19, 2005  

  • Oh, that is truly bizzare on so many levels. First: why Native Americans in Germany? Second: why lip synch? Oh, wait! I know! It's because that music is indiginous to the native peoples of CENTRAL America, not NORTH America! I think that creepy man bought those cds from one of the many bands that work NYC's subways. And they ain't the Cherokee Nation, dude!

    By Blogger missbhavens, at 8:42 AM, September 19, 2005  

  • Really interesting film.
    When you start touring in Europe with your Clog dancing you should team up with this man:

    By Anonymous Kristian Nilsson, at 10:23 AM, September 19, 2005  

  • The other thing that's interesting about the "Native Americans," is that the music they are playing is from Peru.

    By Blogger Bev Sykes, at 2:23 AM, September 20, 2005  

  • That music sounds more like music from Peru (?).
    It would had been fun to disconnect the MP3 player and see what would have happened... jeje.

    By Anonymous Juan, at 1:13 AM, September 21, 2005  

  • Hi Josh,

    Nice vlog. BTW, I tried checking out your previous "livestock" vlog and when I clicked on the picture, it shows the native american vlog instead. Just thought I'd let you know.

    Also, do you use iMovie to create your vlogs? I'm using iMovie and exported one of my vlogs using the "Broadband" settings, but for some reason the picture's not showing up on some of my friends' computers. Any ideas why? Please let me know and if anyone else is reading this comment knows, please HELP ME!!! ~Thanks

    By Blogger Dr. Suzuki, at 3:09 AM, September 21, 2005  

  • Josh Leo is awesome. He would be slightly more awesome if he had visited his friends Beth and Dave in Germany, but he is still quite awesome.


    By Anonymous Big Dave, at 10:58 AM, September 21, 2005  

  • this made me laugh out loud.
    those are the kind of people you are embarassed just to be near.

    By Blogger ryanne hodson, at 8:41 PM, September 21, 2005  

  • It sure looks like the same bunch of guy who show up in Downtown Crossing in Boston Ma. portraying being from Mexico, in the spring and summer here. go Figure, why would they do that?

    By Blogger Martin L. Miller, at 11:25 PM, September 21, 2005  

  • Josh... I got two questions for you.

    1. Was there a guy pretending to play an electronic drumset?

    2. If not, how do you know that it wasn't just the beats coming through the minidisc player?

    Missbhaven's probably correct that they were dressed up as indigenous people from North America, and the music is definitely from Peru, but I'm not convinced that the con goes behind dressing up in elaborate costumes and that they are really playing the instruments after all...

    By Blogger Insurgent, at 5:44 PM, September 23, 2005  

  • hahah! I have seen that here, somewhere in a mall years back. I wondered the same thing.

    And you got a good pic there of them playing their flutes. If they wanted to look real, they would have realized that in order to get any sound through their supposed powered microphones, they'd need to play the instruments with the side and or end near the microphone.. not by their lips. funny stuff! ;-P

    By Blogger Natasha, at 11:40 PM, September 26, 2005  

  • Bah! I keep meaning to do an expose on the street performer scams I see in Chicago.

    you should have interviewed them one at a time and asked each one which tribe they were from. :-)

    - Dave

    By Blogger David Meade, at 5:52 PM, October 05, 2005  

  • Gosh, they play the same cheesy synth-ethnic music that some street performers play here in the states! It is nice to know that cheese is universal.

    By Blogger Mongo Brain, at 6:27 PM, October 22, 2005  

  • Josh, I'm a South African who's lived in London, England for 7 years. I hate to break it to you, but those 'native americans playing pan pipes' were busking in one of the big casinos in Johannesburg more than 8 years ago, so they've certainly got around the globe,(and there was a pretty caucasian "groupy" dressed up in the gear too, playing a drum. Makes you wonder if she knew the truth, or if she was 'searching' ?). I have seen them in many cities in Europe, and they appear in Covent Garden every now and then too. Thanks to Bev who points out that they're playing Peruvian music. What a hoax!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:54 AM, October 26, 2005  

  • The fact that these people are able to earn a living doing this reflects more on the audience than on the performers.

    I really dislike seeing "street performers" dumped on even when they deserve it because so many really talented people perform on the streets and in the subways of NYC.

    Maybe, so "moral" European will give them some blankets on a cold winter day and we'll all be done with them "the old fashioned way"!

    By Blogger Randolfe Wicker, at 8:01 PM, November 25, 2005  

  • Josh...I know this comment is quite very out-o-date...but I wanted to inform you that I'm fairly certain these exact same "Native Americans" were in Lorrach a couple weeks ago. I took an inconspicuous snapshot, but I'm not sure what happened to it.

    --big dave b--

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:29 AM, December 02, 2005  

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