It takes a lot to get us worked up on a Sunday. We’re more about a big pot of coffee, the Sunday paper, and a leisurely walk with the dog. Sure as heck didn’t need to read that a distressing story (here in the Rapid City, S.D., Journal, with accompanying photo) has come back to haunt us.
We last wrote about this wine holder back in July and, after a flurry of hurt feelings and even some productive discussions about race, assumed that was the end of it. Silly, silly optimistic blogger. Now the wine holder is on sale at a shop in Deadwood, near Rapid City, where it originally was sold (and where the store owner removed it after people objected.)
There’s a twist here – Dahna Allard, who owns Madame M’s Unique Boutique and Gifts in Deadwood – is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and says she doesn’t find the wine holder, which sells for $79.50 offensive.
She tells the Journal that complaints about the item being insensitive are themselves insensitive. “I think it’s insensitive to the Indian people to assume all Indians are alcoholics,” she says.
But while a similar cowboy wine holder holds an actual wine bottle in the store’s display, the Indian holder contains only pop bottles because of sensitivity toward the issue of Indians and alcoholism, she says.
We see her point, even if we’re disinclined to agree. But we’d sure like to hear from other people. Does it make a difference if an Indian person selling this particular souvenir? Should it?