Red Haircrow

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Red Haircrow
Born Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Occupation Poet, writer, publicist
Nationality American (Native)
Period 1980-Present
Genre Poetry, Contemporary, Non-fiction, Native American
Notable works Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World, The Agony of Joy
Notable awards Rainbow Award 2012, Best LGBT Biography/Memoir, Global E-Books Awards 2013, Best LGBT Fiction

Red Haircrow (born 1972) is a writer, poet, journalist and activist of mixed Chiricahua Apache and Cherokee. His work has included poetry, short stories, novellas and full-length books. His novel The Agony of Joy won Best LGBT Fiction in Global Ebooks Awards 2013, and the biography Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World about a young deaf, gay Russian, was a winner of a Rainbow Award 2012 in the category, Best Biography/Memoir. His non-fiction and current events articles are often on Native American activism, issues and concerns, intercultural relations, and living and working in Germany.

Haircrow is also a contributing writer for Indian Country Today Media Network, and has written several articles on current Native American concerns and rights, as well as having appeared by invitation at the red carpet opening of the 2013 film release The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp, in Berlin, Germany. He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), American Indian and Alaska Native Society of Indian Psychologists (AIANSIP), and Society of American Indian Graduate Students (SAIGS).

Life and career[edit]

Red Haircrow was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and resides in Berlin, Germany, and previously worked in law enforcement. He is also a chef, psychologist (holding a BSc Psychology from Columbia Southern University), press agent, and owns and operates the multimedia production company Flying With Red Haircrow, which opened on 31 October 2010. Current clients include jazz pianistUli Lenz and the 105 Lenz-Kubach-Johnson Jazz Trio.

Red Haircrow's photography and graphic art skills have been used to create several cover images for his work and the work of others including Welsh author Nephylim's Enigma series and photography for Mexican/Belgian musician/composer and sound therapist, Ana Cristina Caelen's.[1]

On April 10, 2014, Red Haircrow appeared in a Deutsche Welle video broadcast,[2] explaining why Native American cultures in general would wish the return of human remains kept by the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, Germany. A video of the interview is also available on YouTube.[3] Since the end of 2013, Native American tribes had been lobbying for the repatriation of native scalps alleged to be kept at the museum.[4]

Haircrow has been connected with the Native American Association of Germany, and has often been asked to comment by news sources and media on native cultural appropriation by German or Europeans "Indian" hobbyists or in pop culture and fashion, which has been the source of controversy and debate. Jason Overdorf, senior German correspondent at Global Post, interviewed Haircrow for the 10 June 2014 article: "Dressing Up As Cowboys and Indians is Big in Germany"[5]", which was republished in the Arizona news source Tucson Sentinel.[6] DeinPULS for "Indianerfedern als Modeaccessoire Hirnloser Trend oder bewusste Provokation?",[7] also included a detailed interview with Red Haircrow,[8] which was broadcast by Bayerischer Rundfunk. On July 29, 2014, Ex-Berliner Magazine featured commentary by Red Haircrow.[9] The July/August 2015 edition of Mother Jones magazine included a mention on the Indian hobbyist sub-cultures in "[10]". The September 3, 2015 print edition of Stern, one of Germany's top news magazines, included an interview by Michael Streck on the topic of Indian Hobbyism in Europe.

As an advocate and counselor, addressing and helping other natives, Red Haircrow was also quoted in the South Dakota newspaper Madville Times,[11] on the case of Robert Alan Packard, a Yankton Sioux actor, sculptor and former Jean Paul Gaultier model, who in June 2014, was wrongly convicted of a far right crime in Germany. An article at Ex-Berliner magazine first detailed the story of when he gave the Hitler salute, accusingly crying "Sieg Heil" to attackers who were destroying his art and medicine wheel at his home studio in Berlin, Germany.

As a public speaker and educator, Red Haircrow was requested for workshops at "Tages des Indigenen Film[12]" in Rostock, Germany, which is an annual film festival dedicated to showing native films produced by natives. The annual event took place November 16–18, 2014, with Mr. Haircrow addressing topics of stereotyping and native misrepresentation in Hollywood films and around the world, in a presentation titled, "Against the Myths". Red Haircrow will again participate in the 2015 event.







  • Naked Faux Savages and Neo-Racism in Berlin (Published October 20, 2014 at Indian Country Today Media Network[14])
  • Meet Wiggle Tooth, Germany's Stereotypical Native of Hygiene (Published July 2, 2014 at Indian Country Today Media Network[15])
  • An Agreement Is Reached Regarding Scalps at the Karl May Museum (Published June 14, 2014 at Indian Country Today Media Network[16])
  • Tribes Demand Return of Native Scalps From Karl May Museum in Germany (Published March 25, 2014 at[17])
  • A Star Trek Convention for Native Enthusiasts: Inside a German Pow Wow (Published February 24, 2014 at[18]
  • Ich Bin Ein Tonto: Johnny Depp at Lone Ranger Premiere In Berlin[19]
  • Germany's Obsession With American Indians Is Touching-And Occasionally Surreal[20] and March 25, 2013 at
  • White Boys Can Have Rhythm: At the JazzKeller (JazzKeller 69 e.V.)
  • The Lenz-Kubach-Johnson Jazz Trio at Luisabad Bibliothek

Book Trailers[edit]



  • Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World:[21]
  • The Agony of Joy:[22]


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