Dia Laicina criticises Guerrilla’s creation of the groups populating the world of ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn and the terms used by the people populating the world. (Source: What We Talk About, When We Don’t Talk About Natives – Medium)
It’s a narrow, cultural specific article. As someone from a minority ethnic group – and qualified in Anthropology and communication systems, I see the term ‘Tribal’ as encompassing the globe and going back to the first ‘tribes’ to walk the Earth, I think Guerrilla have done a pretty good job in creating a culturally rich and diverse world with a solid internal logic that holds through the game – with a low threshold for the suspension of disbelief. I’ve been clicking on all the dialogues btw.
Okay, the dress and characters do seem to take a lot from the Native American cultures but bear in mind, groups from all over the world and going back in were using the materials and natural resources to make clothes, ornaments and body colouring. We look at these and, because of the dominant images and representations – out first association is Native Americans. I wonder if perhaps Dia Lacina, understandably made the same mistake.