Fuck Your Land Acknowledgment­­ — Part 2

A Land Acknowledgment At The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Howie Echo-Hawk
3 min readDec 1, 2020


What the fuck yall, what the actual fuck.
What the fuck yall, what the actual fuck.

Ok, I wasn’t gonna write this, cuz I genuinely thought no one would be proud of this, but boooooy was I wrong lol.

Also let me be clear, this is not a callout of the native folx who participated in this, because clearly this is a system wide cultural thing happening here, and also I am on the side of all Native people forever, cuz my liberation is their liberation.
Also, I love giant balloons, so don’t @ me.

Shout out to capitalism y’all.

That said, a land acknowledgment at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is about as useful as A LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT AT THE MACYS THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. Please enjoy the parade.” -1984

There is nothing more dystopic than eight Native Americans doing a land acknowledgment on national television with a gargantuan turkey in a pilgrim hat looming overhead, like some scene out of “Brazil.” This is some “1984” shit y’all, with a giant turkey as Big Brother.

What the fuck does it mean in a time where we are shouting “Land Back” from the top of our lungs, that we would lend legitimacy to a department store and a holiday that routinely fucks us? Is Macys gonna give their land back? Probably not, it seems they are too busy inflating a giant Snoopy balloon.

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength. Thanksgiving is fun.” -1984

We have made ourselves so palatable now that they are serving us with cranberry sauce next to the gravy boat. This is why I wrote “Fuck your land acknowledgment,” to begin with. The writing was on the wall. And it read: “Celebration is mandatory, enjoyment will be had, do not look behind the curtain, there’s genocide back there and it’s a real bummer.”

I know for a fact, that when we started doing land acknowledgments, we were doing them with purpose, with the idea…