Haruki and Meg from my story Of Gods and Introverts
I’ve been in this minor internal war recently in trying to write and (re)design this character Meg, the thunderbird goddess. I’m pretty damn comfortable writing Haruki (who is Japanese-American) but Meg is Native-American, and the scale of research involved to become even remotely familiar with that culture … daunting. I’m not even sure how to go about placing her in any specific tribe. :|
Race doesn’t come in to the story too much, but I am concerned about running into stereotypes and generally uninformed story choices! I’m not even particularly familiar with Native American stereotypes, and I’m not 100% sure I could identify, say a “noble savage” character on sight. I would love to build Meg into a direct subversion of those cliches, but I would have to be able to properly understand them first. XD
As for herself, Meg is an enormously powerful goddess who God-mods her way through the story and has an outward personality of Willy Wonka crossed with Totoro, hence the wall-eyed stare.