Episode 1

Telling People You’re Native American When You’re Not Native Is A Lot Like Telling A Bear You’re A Bear When You’re Not A Bear

Distributed in partnership with IllumiNative.

Covered by NPR’s Code Switch and All Things Considered, Vulture and Film Inquiry.

Inspired almost 200 TikTok reaction videos by fans, generating nearly 4 million views on that platform alone.



Written / Directed / Produced by:
Joey Clift

Narrated by:
Jason Grasl

Animation and Additional Voices by:
David Kantrowitz

Recorded at:
Seaward Studios

More information and articles about why it’s not okay to falsely claim Native identity.

How ‘pretendians’ undermine the rights of Indigenous people
by Rebecca Nagle

Playing Pretendian
NPR’s Code Switch