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(62,444 posts)
Wed Apr 29, 2020, 03:46 PM Apr 2020

"There's another story behind that Land O'Lakes butter box"


“My dad’s artwork has been out there for so long, and there's so many people that just don’t even know about his beautiful artwork,” DesJarlait’s daughter Charmaine Branchaud said. “There’s a story behind that man. It’s a part of history. Now, we are making history again with Mia. She’s disappeared, but that doesn’t mean my dad’s artwork is going to disappear. She was just a little bitty part of it. He had a lot of accomplishments in his life.”

DesJarlait’s son, Robert DesJarlait, 73, said he was initially glad that the stereotypical image was finally removed. Then, the power of social media reminded him of another side of the discussion that was overlooked.

On his Facebook page, Robert said many Ojibwe people shared their perspective of Mia while growing up Native. “Basically, it was giving the previous generation a sense of almost empowerment to see a Native woman on a box of butter. It gave them a sense of cultural pride,” he said. “After seeing those posts, I said, ‘that’s right, that’s why my dad created this image to begin with’.”

The design, besides Mia, shows a lake with two points of land that Robert DesJarlait said represented Red Lake and an area on the reservation known as the Narrows, where lower and upper Red Lake meet. Another homage, one that is hard to see on the products, on Mia’s dress are Ojibwe floral design patterns.
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"There's another story behind that Land O'Lakes butter box" (Original Post) jberryhill Apr 2020 OP
I don't know how to put this without somehow doc03 Apr 2020 #1
they could have credited the artist and the history. mopinko Apr 2020 #4
I did too Nictuku Apr 2020 #5
My state's flag appropriated the sun symbol from Zia Pueblo Warpy Apr 2020 #6
Does't really seem as such. LanternWaste Apr 2020 #8
you mean life is more complicated (interesting) than we think? Kali Apr 2020 #2
Interesting. The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2020 #3
There are shades of gray in most things it's not always just black or white. nt Raine Apr 2020 #7


(35,882 posts)
1. I don't know how to put this without somehow
Wed Apr 29, 2020, 04:16 PM
Apr 2020

unintentionally offending someone. The Land of Lakes box shows Mia a native American women holding a box of butter. To address complaints that is disrespful to native Americans they removed her from the box. Some could say now it sybolizes how the white man kicked them off their Native lands and shipped them off to a reservation. Someone please tell me how they could have kept her on the box without offending native Americans or someone.
This op basicly says what I was thinking when I commented a couple days ago and get flamed for being a racist sob.


(70,944 posts)
4. they could have credited the artist and the history.
Wed Apr 29, 2020, 05:39 PM
Apr 2020

and sponsored a big museum show of his other work.


(112,186 posts)
6. My state's flag appropriated the sun symbol from Zia Pueblo
Wed Apr 29, 2020, 06:59 PM
Apr 2020

and it's rendered in the gold and red of Castille. No one from Zia has ever told me they find it offensive, so I figure it's not.

I imagine there are thin skinned people here and there who have decided to be offended on their behalf.

I've learned to ignore them completely.



(37,748 posts)
8. Does't really seem as such.
Wed Apr 29, 2020, 07:30 PM
Apr 2020

"I've learned to ignore them completely."

You consistently and often instruct posters on why they shouldn't take offense at things when you post about people being offended at things.

Seems much less ignoring a thing, and much more that doing as such is simply a little hobby of yours you entertain.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(117,529 posts)
3. Interesting.
Wed Apr 29, 2020, 04:42 PM
Apr 2020

The old logo was also recursive. Mia was holding a butter box that had a picture of Mia holding a butter box, etc.

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