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Google has honored the famous Native American stand-up comedian Charlie Hill through a Google Doodle on the occasion of his 71st birthday. In the Google Doodle, Charlie has been shown as holding a mic. His family has also given a heartfelt tribute to him on the Doodle page.
Charlie was born in Detroit, Michigan, on the 6th of July in 1951. He went to Oneida Nation of Wisconsin’s reservation at the age of 11. He started to develop an interest in comedy in his childhood.
He completed his major in speech and drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After that, he shifted to Los Angles and started doing stand-up comedy shows. Through his comedy, he spoke for the civil rights of Native Americans.
In 1977, Charlie got his first big break at the age of 26 years. The Richard Pryor Show owners asked him to perform on the show. But he refused to do the show because he was asked to portray a Native American stereotype, and it was unacceptable to him. Later on, the show’s writers accepted Charlie’s conditions, and he was there on national television.
After that, his career was unstoppable. He performed on various other shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Charlie died at the age of 62 in 2013. He was suffering from lymphoma.
Storytelling, comedy, and humor have always remained an inseparable part of the Native American culture. Charlie became a symbol of this. He also achieved the feat of being the first Native American comedian who performed on national TV.
Alanah Astehtsi Otsistohkwa (Morningstar) Jewell has designed this Doodle. He is the French-First Nations artist and hails from Oneida Nation of the Thames.