Author Topic: Serle Lovell Chapman aka Rain Bear Stands Last, claims Romani, MMIW Filmmaker  (Read 1949 times)

Offline Laurel

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Oh good! I disabled java to get the text, meaning I couldn't copy the photo.

Offline Defend the Sacred

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He has a business leading tours of Reservations and, if I'm reading this right, sacred sites, to anyone with the money to pay. The wording is careful, but it's clearly spiritual tourism and pay to pray is heavily implied.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/go-native-america-billings

https://www.gonativeamerica.com/

"What we do

We take you traveling like an insider with Native American guides, visiting the areas where tribal cultures were formed and history was made. You'll learn by experience - meeting Native people, hearing their stories as handed down through generations and witnessing true tribal lifeways.
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How we do it

By curating special journeys based on connections . . .

meet Medicine people, powwow dancers, storykeepers, culture-holders tribal historians and dreamers.  We offer you the chance to immerse yourself in the indigenous philosophy embodied by "Mitakuye Oyasin" - All My Relations.

?Where you will go

You will visit reservations, cultural sites, historic hotspots and original homelands that are now designated as National Parks. It's a unique chance to visit places that hold tribal stories - the secrets that most tourists miss.

Why it works

. . . because we create the connections you can’t make for yourself.

People travel with us because they want to go places they can’t access alone, meet people they would never otherwise meet, and get an insider’s understanding of cultural, historic or spiritual matters that's off limits to the average tourist."
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Offline Bahesmama

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A Google search shows nothing of him under that name before 2014. In 2015 he appears as a co-founder of "Guardians of Our Ancestral Legacy" (GOAL).
https://wyofile.com/tribal-alliance-fights-to-maintain-yellowstone-grizzly-protections/

The webpage for goaltribal.org appears to empty throughout its existence, since 2014.

Yes, we found that his real name is Serle Lovell Chapman, an Englishman from Yorkshire. Also, his Romani claims appear suspect. We did his family tree and had a Romani researcher look at it and no dice.

Offline educatedindian

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He has a business leading tours of Reservations and, if I'm reading this right, sacred sites, to anyone with the money to pay. The wording is careful, but it's clearly spiritual tourism and pay to pray is heavily implied.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/go-native-america-billings

https://www.gonativeamerica.com/


At "Our Ethics." Bolding is mine.

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Perpetual questions: Can I go in a sweat lodge, can I participate in a Sundance? Can I do a vision quest? And ironically folks often cite the desire to adhere to tradition and etiquette which leads them on their own personal Red Road.

Go Native America is not part of the tribal warrior societies that have the burden of ‘policing’ these kinds of ceremonial abrogation, and the arduous responsibility of stopping bogus ceremonies is not ours to shoulder. However in support of the wishes of Elders and ceremonial people across the continent, let’s be clear that no-one on an Go Native America journey will ever participate in ceremony of any kind as part of their tour with us.
 
Think of it like this: Meaningful, traditional and powerful ceremonies were given by the Creator to particular Peoples, and are their responsibility to conduct.

Ceremonies take time, understanding and long-term preparation. 

They are NEVER a vacation activity.

Anyone who is telling you otherwise is not being fair to you, or to the indigenous people to whom the right and responsibility to fulfill those ceremonies was given.

Offline RedRightHand

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"Our Ethics."

Lots of exploiters are smart enough to include these disclaimers in the fine print. Whereas on the first page, all the text about access to "secrets" and "authentic lifeways" is what is featured. The guy is a chronic liar. I believe what's on the front page. He's making a living misrepresenting himself. Though on the Yelp reviews it seems people who've signed up for tours have been ripped off and ghosted, so, I guess there's that.

Offline Sparks

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Serle Chapman has been mentioned once before in the forum, in this thread:

http://www.newagefraud.org/smf/index.php?topic=858.0
[Arkansas Event: Sequoyah Research Center Symposium]

Serle Chapman (Cheyenne) “Whining Cheyenne Racists and Why Native People ‘Have No Understanding’ of their Noble Ancestors."

Offline ska

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"Pretendian Country Today" is a subscription portion of Indianz.com - they are featuring an expose on ". . . two Pretendian figures — Rain aka Rain Bear Stands Last aka Serle Chapman aka Serle Lovell Chapman and Sara Atiqtalik aka Sarah Ann Gilbertson aka Sarah Mathuin aka Sarah Anna Mathuin aka Sara Anna Mathuin aka Sarah Chapman — and their fascinating journey from the United Kingdom and into Indian Country, all with the help of the U.S. Department of Justice and tribal and taxpayer dollars . . ."

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Offline Sparks

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"Pretendian Country Today" is a subscription portion of Indianz.com - they are featuring an expose on "… two Pretendian figures …".

https://indianz.substack.com/p/from-cheyenne-royalty-to-federal

Part of it is visible to non-subscribers. Two photos and several links in there:

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From Cheyenne royalty to federal informant to 'tribal member'

Or, how to exploit #MMIW for financial gain

This is the first part of a Pretendian Country Today series into Rain Bear Stands Last. It’s gonna be long!

The Indian internet lit up on the afternoon of Friday, July 1, 2022. And it wasn’t because y’all were getting ready for the Fourth of July — powwows, fireworks and all.

Instead it was an episode of Dr. Phil that got people talking. A rerun — no less — of a show that originally aired in November 2021, during National Native American Heritage Month.

But with Indians watching TV at home (or maybe watching at work? no judgment here!), this replay of a program about the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women started making the rounds, with many seeing it for the first time.

Well that means it’s time for Pretendian Country Today to spill the tea about a “tribal filmmaker” and his spouse, both of whom played a role in getting one of the biggest shows on the air to focus on an issue that Indian Country has been talking about since the dawn of colonization on Turtle Island.

So if you want to learn more about two Pretendian figures — Rain aka Rain Bear Stands Last aka Serle Chapman aka Serle Lovell Chapman and Sara Atiqtalik aka Sarah Ann Gilbertson aka Sarah Mathuin aka Sarah Anna Mathuin aka Sara Anna Mathuin aka Sarah Chapman — and their fascinating journey from the United Kingdom and into Indian Country, all with the help of the U.S. Department of Justice and tribal and taxpayer dollars, you’re gonna have to keep scrolling.

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