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The Huffington Post on Gregg Deal, a performance artist who explores stereotypes as The Last American Indian On Earth:
Imagine a man dressed in stereotypically "traditional" Native American garb, donning a massive white feathered headdress, an ornamental tunic, and face paint. Now imagine that man performing mundane tasks in Washington, DC, like grocery shopping, riding an escalator or having lunch at a local restaurant.

What is your reaction?

The bizarre quandary is put forth by performance artist Gregg Deal, a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe originally based in northwestern Nevada. In a striking film project titled "The Last American Indian on Earth," Deal dresses himself in purposefully questionable attire and goes about his daily business, daring passersby to confront their own preexisting ideas about the modern Native American person.

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Performance Artist Explores Stereotypes In 'The Last American Indian On Earth' (The Huffington Post 9/3)