Asked by Anonymous
It’s not cultural appropriation in the slightest; once again, people need to do their fucking research. Ubisoft brought on a whole team of Mohawk consultants to work with them on the project to make sure their culture was correctly and appropriately portrayed. Noah Watts, the voice actor for Ratonhnhake:ton, is Native American as well. There was a language expert from the Mohawk tribe sitting with him as he voiced the character in the Mohawk language, correcting him if he pronounced something wrong and helping him with general diction (Noah Watts is not Mohawk, he’s Blackfeet, but the point still holds that they hired a Native American actor to play a Native American role).
So, no. The Mohawk culture was not damaged; in fact, such a popular game series rectifying topics like this did a lot of good. It raised awareness and brought positive Native representation on-screen to a group of people that might not get much of it otherwise.
And that’s a good thing.
Well said. 👏👏👏