Animal Collective have made the decision to change the name of their 2003 EP, Here Comes the Indian, to Ark, and are changing the artwork to their 2006 People EP due to racial stereotypes.
This comes after The Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum both changed their names to The Chicks and Lady A respectively due to the racial connotations.
Animal Collective’s lengthy statement read: “With utmost respect to Indigenous people we feel that having the word Indian in our record title sends the wrong message by objectifying the American Indian people which is not what we were intending with the music,” the group said of the 2003 EP. A portion of royalties from that album will go to Seeding Sovereignty.
They then noted the racially insensitive artwork for their 2006 EP People, which features two white children and a black nanny.
“There is no way to excuse using a ‘mammy’ on our artwork, and so we have decided to remove it. We understand now that using a racist stereotype at all causes more damage than an explanation can repair, and we apologise,” Animal Collective wrote, pledging to donate future royalties from the record to the Equal Justice Initiative.
The group have also acknowledged that on their 2017 Meeting Of The Waters EP, where they sampled the Brazilian Tatuyo tribe and they have revealed they will donate proceeds from that release to Cultural Survival moving forward.
Read their full statement, below.