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Reader's view: Opera critic's viewpoint deserved to be heard

I found it revealing that each of the individuals with opinions published on Wednesday's Opinion page about the Pocahontas opera project all currently are working with or on the project ("Focus on the truth of 'Pocahontas,' not the ethnic origin ...

I found it revealing that each of the individuals with opinions published on Wednesday's Opinion page about the Pocahontas opera project all currently are working with or on the project ("Focus on the truth of 'Pocahontas,' not the ethnic origin of its artists," was by Artistic Director Craig Fields; "'Pocahontas' provides accurate look at history," was by Robert Powless, an adviser on the project; and "Imbalanced 'Pocahontas' story missed message of togetherness, depth of art," was by its Principal Conductor Markand Thakar).

Although I respect Powless' opinion, his is the opinion of one Native American. He isn't in the performing arts, nor is he a Pocahontas expert, but an individual.

I am also "only one," but I know I represent the views of many who have not yet used their voice to say, "No more will we remain silent as this type of oppression happens in my back yard."

Opera is historically an art of the elite who have ample access to instruments of expression. Those who support this production of a modern-day Indian minstrel show continue to voice that position of privilege by exercising their right to perpetuate oppression.

I simply stated what needed to be said. I'm grateful the News Tribune had the courage to print it in the Monday story, "Critic blasts opera's non-Indian casting."

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Lyz Jaakola

Cloquet

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