I, too, am guilty of dressing up as an "indian" for Halloween as a child. I'm glad I know better now, but I needed to get that off my chest. Is it weird to feel guilty about fourth grade mistakes?
This one time when I was 9 or 10, my little brother went to the store with my mom and he specifically picked out a box of jelly krimpets just for me. He was so freakin’ excited when he got home that he toddled into my room yelling “Look what I bought for you!” And me, being the horrible person that I am, slammed the door in this little puddins face- just look at him!- and said “I don’t like jelly krimpets.”
He’s 20 now and he still likes to bring it up to tease me, but I always get a huge pang of guilt when he does.
So no, I don’t think it’s at all weird to feel guilty about fourth grade mistakes. :)
My adopted father is Cherokee, but never was upset or overly protective of his heritage or prescribe to the cultures and so I never even realized how offensive it is to do the things people do. While I always knew the costumes were tacky, unrealistic, stereotypical, and inaccurate, I never thought it was offensive. I admit to dressing up as Disney's Pocahontas when I was 4 (Favorite movie), but now that I am reading your blog I am crying. I had never known any of it. I feel so entirely ignorant.
No, please don’t cry! Especially over dressing up as a Disney princess as a child. If you understand why these things are offensive, then that’s wonderful and beautiful and I love you for it.
My my, it’s been a wonderful day here at TINN, hasn’t it?
Hey, you're probably not the best person to ask this, but I figure it's best to ask a cultural appropriation blog and yours was the first URL I remembered. Anyway, is girls using henna on their hands (in the style that Indian women use for their weddings) considered cultural appropriation? I have some friends that do this and I feel like I should say something about it but I'm not quite sure. If you don't want to answer this or have another blog you could direct me to it is much appreciated.
You’re right, I really don’t have any authority on this subject because I don’t come from a culture that uses henna. But! I am going to tag the shit out of this post in hopes that an Indian/Pakistani/Yemeni/other henna using person can answer your question. Cheers!
If you MUST have Native American style? Get it for real.
Beyond Buckskin has a boutique featuring all native designers. Haute couture to affordable and one-of-a-kind street wear items, as well as jewellery and accessories galore.
Additional authentic on-line stores can be found here. Stop supporting the exploitation of our cultures which is running rampant right now via all of those knock-off items being massed produced overseas by people who have absolutely no connection (or clue) to Native American cultures.
I think a lot of people hear “We’re mad that you find our cultures beautiful” when what we’re really saying is, “We’re mad that your idea of showing appreciation for our cultures is buying mass produced shit from Urban Outfitters.” Nobody’s saying you can’t enjoy indigenous fashions and incorporate them into your wardrobe, but don’t think you’re doing us any favors unless you’re supporting a native artisan.
—An old Cherokee told his grandson: “My son, there’s a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It’s anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It’s joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness and truth.” The boy thought about it and asked: “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”. The old man quietly replied: “The one you feed.”
Fun fact: this story was made up by a white evangelist.