Kill the Man, Save The Indian | The New Engagement

Kill the Man, Save The Indian

By Ryan Young

"Kill the Man, Save the Indian" is a rewriting of the phrase "Kill the Indian, Save the Man" which was said in reference to the forced assimilation of Indigenous people during colonization, particularly in the residential schools which were created to "Americanize" Indigenous youth. Rewriting this quote symbolizes the importance of decolonizing from the toxic aspects of masculinity that exists in our country today and to rebalance men's relationship to the feminine. I used an Indigenous model in drag to emphasize this importance to the queer and Two Spirit community.

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