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New Age Movement Stealing American Indian Ceremonies :

The hobby American Indian movement in East Germany (GDR) - A fascinating history.

Der Indianer: Why do 40,000 Germans spend their weekends dressed as Native Americans ?

“An Indian Hobbyist is an adept, something like a ‘do-it-yourself’ expert, who is practicing living history. In Germany thousands are organized in more than 100 Indian Clubs.” Quotation from: Indian
The first Indian club was founded in 1896, and the oldest still existing club in 1913.  Also in fascist Germany several Indian clubs had been funded, because the Indians were considered to be a unique and noble race.  Then after the Second World War many new clubs sprouted around in West Germany.  In the former GDR especially in Saxony was and still is the highest density of Indian clubs nationwide.  There the Socialists supported the Indian hobby, because the Indian represented the repressed ‘red people’ versus the white imperialistic cowboys.
But now focusing more on the individual: where does this longing, and the special connection of Germans to the Indian come from? What is that “Indian feeling”?
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Indian Hobby In the Czech Republic

Clyde Ellis Lecture on the Indian Hobbyist or Indian Lore Movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Mar 2, 2010)

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