The Story of Apanatschi and Her Redheaded Wrestler

Ehren BEARwitness Thomas

2008, 06:11 minutes, colour, English and German with English subtitles


The same kind of stereotypes exist in video games as they do in TV and film. In the case of fighting games like Street Fighter and Tekken, the characters’ fighting styles are generally determined by their race. This re-visioning of the 1992 arcade game Virtual Fighter 5 follows the howling loin-cloth-clad, red-haired Indian wrestler, Wolf Hatfield. Bear Witness allows the gamer to play stylist, allowing wardrobe changes including a big headdress and aviator shades. Bear Witness noted that, “Wolf started looking a lot like my father did in an old photo.” This work borrows its title from the keen observation of a seven year old friend who asked Bear Witness: “Is he Nish? No, he has red hair. He must be Mohawk.”

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