A shout to Indigenous Women: Peacock TV’s Amber Ruffin schools viewers on Pocahontas

Ruffin tweets: “In this week’s segment of How Did We Get Here, we are finding out about offensive representation! HINT: It’s f’ed up and we’re calling out LIES.”

The Amber Ruffin Show is a successful comedy program in its second season on Peacock TV. (Peacock TV screen capture)

Amber Ruffin, host of the popular Peacock TV comedy program The Amber Ruffin Show, schooled social media as well as the viewers of her program with her latest segment regarding an inappropriate portrayal of an Indigenous character on Marvel named Mataoka.

According to the Peacock TV show description: “Amber showcases her signature smart-and-silly take on the news of the week, responding to it all with a charming, late-night mix of seriousness, nonsense and bow ties.”

Here is her segment posted on Twitter:

Remarks from Native Viewpoint editor and co-founder Vincent Schilling:

I did ten years of research on Pocahontas and interviewed tribal historians, tribal leaders and tribal community members of Virginia tribes that were direct descendants of Pocahontas.

Thank you to Amber Ruffin for her direct statements regarding the inequities faced by Indigenous communities to include the disrespect as well as complete disregard for the plights of Native women and Native communities.

My article in Indian Country Today

The True Story of Pocahontas: Historical Myths Versus Sad Reality” by Vincent Schilling

The Amber Ruffin Show Pocahontas segment ‘Vincent Schilling article’ (Peacock TV screen capture on Twitter)

Video: The Real Native History of Pocahontas