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I’M SO FUCKING HIPSTER.  And bored at gabi’s because my boyfriend is blowing me off and she went to work and I’m hiding in her room because I don’t want to talk to her mom anymore.

Because I know that you are the person in the photo an not just some blogger reblogging some photo of a random white person appropriating native american cultural items, I will be responding directly to you.
I understand that you may have never even heard the term cultural appropriation before, and so you cannot see how you wearing this is racist and promotes not only harmful stereotypes about us Native Americans and First Nations peoples, but that by engaging in cultural appropriation (not to mention taking a photo of yourself in a cheesy head dress because it’s “hipster” and popular and will probably get you reblogs which will encourage others to engage in this harmful, hurtful, and disgusting act) you’re also engaging in a form of cultural genocide. It matters not whether that was your intention… after all, if you run over a person while on your way to the grocery store, it doesn’t matter if that wasn’t your intention when you set out; you still hit the person.. you can’t take that back and saying you didn’t intend to hit them won’t lessen the damage that’s been caused (the road to hell is paved with the best intentions). 
I know that you did not buy the headdress, but found it.. that’s cool (i guess) but you should’ve gotten rid of it so that no one else could have used it to engage in racist, genocidal, stereotype perpetuating acts.. as you have unfortunately done yourself.
You should be aware that we Native and First Nations people see you and others like you appropriating our cultures and spiritualities because you and a lot of other people like you see it as hip and the cool thing to do. However, we’re not pleased and we don’t find it cute. I personally don’t have the energy to write an essays worth of information out to you. But be aware that, I’m in a nice mood right now, so i’m not tearing you apart. And trust me, there tons of other Native and First Nations people here on tumblr and outside this site and the internet who would call you out in A LOT LESS of a nice tone. (i.e. they’d tear you to pieces). 
I would encourage you to learn more about what cultural appropriation is, stereotypes of native americans (since after all, your actions and your photo here is perpetuating them… and also because your perception of us Natives are probably deeply ingrained with the saturation of stereotypes that were given to you of us throughout your life… otherwise you might not be doing this shit), and Native American history… which if you live in this country, it is YOUR history as well.. particularly if you and your ancestors are white. It’s important to know what happened so that you know where our ancestors stand in history as well as yourself… and how you can become better and not continue the genocide. I would encourage you also to follow blogs/tumblrs BY Native and First Nations people so that you can understand and see our perspective.  If you truly appreciate our cultures, as many claim, you will do this and find ways to join with Native and First Nations people in solidarity and also learn about our cultures in a good and respectful way.
Because I believe in education, I will start you off with a series of materials to look into about cultural appropriation, spiritual appropriation, stereotypes of natives, Native American history (i.e. as I said, your history as well), as well as a place where you can find Native and First Nations tumblrs to follow. This is not all that is out there though, and there is a ton more here on tumblr alone. Look around.
Article: An Open Letter To All Appropriators 
Article:  What’s Wrong With Cultural Appropriation? 
Article: Appropriation - The Reality of Indigenous 
Article: The Critical Fashion Lover’s (basic) Guide To Cultural Appropriation 
Article/Except: Native Stereotypes In The Dominant Culture 
Article: Common Portrayals of Aboriginal [Native/First Nations] People  
Article: The Impact of Stereotyping on Young People (in relation to First Nations) 
Articles: Readings on Cultural Respect 
Article: Racism: A Primer 
Graphic/Commentary: Racism: What People Think It Means, What it Really Means 
Zine: Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation?   
Zine: Wanting to be Indian: When Spiritual Searching Turns Into Cultural Theft 
Documentary: Reel Injuns 
Documentary: The Canary Effect (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3, pt 4, pt 5)  
Documentary: White Shamans Plastic Medicine 
Interview/Commentary: Commercialization of Native American Spirituality 
Indigenous Directory: Indigenous People of Turtle Island 
Educational Source: Reality Check! Indian Images 
There are many great tumblrs which will inform you just by following them. Kahs for example (i linked a few of her articles) is a particularly excellent source.
I hope that you will discontinue engaging in these acts and I hope to see you join as as a true ally and not just another silly, ignorant person who engages in acts of genocide and oppression against us. There is much for you to learn and if you ask us questions nicely we may answer them. But realize also that if you get a hostile response that we get things asked of us all the time, and seeing images like this and other racist/stereotypes of ourselves and our people gets stressful and we feel hurt and it’s painful to look at these images and representations of ourselves.
I’d encourage you to do as much research as possible  (we all often reblog informative information, and so just by following us it’ll make it easier to learn. I say this not because I give a shit about follower count for me or anyone, but because this really is the easiest way to gain information as you’re tumbling) prior to asking us questions though. 
I hope that you do take my advice, and I do hope to see you as an ally someday. 

Reblogging for the commentary/resources.

So awesome. Excellent job Brit. Hipsters getting owned.. this should be a tumblr, people.

first peoples are incredible and everyone should feel free to celebrate them in their own way. it’s a bit like saying we shouldn’t eat sushi.

Japanese people aren’t offended by us eating sushi, Wild Hair.

I understand, but seeing as we massacred hundreds of thousands of japanese, it’s a bad argument to say that white girls can’t wear headdresses because it’s appropriating stereotypes. NO ITS FUCKING NOT, GO USE YOUR LOVELY FIRST PEOPLE POWER TO DO SOMETHING IMPORTANT.

I believe that it’s because it’s a bit insulting.  They had to earn these in their culture and now weird girls just buy them and put them on to look silly.  I also think that the native americans may have a bit of a grudge against us for stealing their land and the Japanese recognize that we were in a war and war things happen in wars.  I do not believe that the sushi bit is fitting since sushi isn’t a sign of honour or respect that is earned, it’s just a food that anyone can have in their culture.  Though I do believe that the really wordy guy is just getting too excited.  It’s just disrespectful at most, I’m not too sure about it being racist since she isn’t cupping a hand over her mouth and going “OOWOOWOOWOOWOO”.Or is she? 

oh just a wee bit. not like we fucked their culture and raped their land and forced them into catholic boarding schools or anything.
here’s what I sent in da ask boxxx to mrs. excited- about-shit
 I respect and honor native peoples, but wearing a war bonnet  does not make a racist statement. I know this sounds dicky, coming from a white girl, but please hear me out- reserving cultural items and traditions for only those born into that culture is selfish and sensationalist. I don’t know if you read my reblog but I said that saying she should not wear that headdress is like saying I can’t eat sushi because it appropriates japanese stereotypes and is ignoring the genocide the united states perpetrated. I definitely agree with much of your post, but condemning a silly girl for wearing that headpiece is comparable to christians being angry that wearing the cross was a fashion item in the 80’s. yes, it is someone wearing something that symbolizes something they don’t personally ascribe to which is TOTALLY FINE. If she were wearing a kkk hood, it’d be a different story, but I think that all appreciation of native peoples is good. war bonnets are beautiful, along with many other indigenous wear from all over the world and I think it’s good for people to not only explore their own culture. I would like to heartily agree with you on your views on cultural appropriation, but in this particular case I would urge you to let it be and focus on more pressing matters facing the native community. 

I’m putting this here to make sure you see it.
 
(TRIGGER WARNING FOR TALK OF GENOCIDE)
One, you obviously  do not respect nor honor native people. Honor is not bestowed upon people when it leaves the honorers’ lips. Honor is bestowed when it is accepted in the honoree’s ears.  And I do not accept it nor do I know of many others who would either. 
As a native person I will decide what is important for me to focus on. As a Native person I am telling YOU, an outsider who does not have to deal with this shit every day of their lives that this is fucked up. AS AN OUTSIDER it seems that UNLESS A NATIVE PERSON CONNECTS THE FUCKING DOTS FOR YOU, YOU CONTINUE TO NOT UNDERSTAND. (yes I am typing in caps, yes I am pissed.) What’s worse is you OBVIOUSLY DON’T EVEN LISTEN. 
You and the person you were talking to said that you needed more voices from other natives on the issue. 90% OF THE ARTICLES AND FILMS I LINKED WERE CREATED BY NATIVE PEOPLE. Most of them here ON TUMBLR. I listed the directory so that you can FUCKING READ and see what we Natives and First Nations people have to say. It’s obvious that you also need to go read those links and watch those documentaries as well. You probably should have done that before you opened your mouth.
This issue of cultural appropriation is not a silly matter. THIS ISSUE  IS CONNECTED TO MOST IF NOT ALL ISSUES FACING NATIVE COMMUNITIES. If this were some trivial matter, I wouldn’t waste my time on this. But because I have seen and experienced the effects that this has first hand my ENTIER LIFE I know that it is dangerous, it is hurtful, it is harmful, and it is indeed genocidal. 
As a person who is not Native and of the oppressive group, your role in this is to SIT DOWN, SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LISTEN. It is the very LEAST you can do in this.  YOU DO NOT TELL SOMEONE WHAT THEY SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON. THAT IS NOT YOUR PLACE.  I do not need someone from the group who has oppressed and wiped out 98% of my people to tell me how I should resist their dominance. Why the fuck would I ask you? 
You need to check your Euro-centric point of view. You need to check your fucking privilege. You claim grrl in your sn and thus I’m holding you to an even harsher standing right now because you claiming that in your name means that you should have some basic understanding of anti-oppression politics and your statement has fucking failed at that. way to fucking go. 
You obviously give into the idea of “the melting pot.” Have you ever considered how many times people from other cultures were asked whether they wanted to share their culture? Have you ever thought it odd why it’s pretty much primarily white people claiming it is people of color who are being greedy with their culture? I am telling you that there are MANY things STOLEN from cultures of color which your people took for your own fucking amusement, so that you can be hip. So that you can be different. “Oh look how fucking cultured I am!” It’s not cute. It’s not funny. Have you ever stopped to think about in one moment of your life what the contents of the “melting pot” tasted like? Did you assume that it tasted good? To your Euro-centric tounge I suppose the contents taste great. To many communities of color who have been colonized, forcefully assimilated, and had their shit taken, it taste pretty fucking disgusting to our tongues. But then again the blood, bones, and tears of our ancestors would never taste good to us. 
“I know it sounds dicky, coming from a white girl… but… reserving cultural items and traditions for only those born into that culture is selfish and sensationalist.” 
I don’t think you understand what happened here. And you don’t, do you? Obviously not. You know there’s a funny paradox with cultures who colonize. I don’t think you understand either that colonization here in America did not simply stop with the stealing of our land, the killing of 98% of the native population, (trigger warning) it did not stop with the raping of the land (/end trigger warning) (which still happens every day); no! it marches on with the continuing of the  theft of our spiritualities, our cultures, and our very identities. This includes things like war bonnets and turning items from our culture into petty fashion statements. But these things look sooOOOoo cool right? And it doesn’t matter it’s just fashion right? It doesn’t matter if I dress up in red face right?
You don’t understand how colonization works obviously. Cultural Appropriation has been a tactic of colonization for hundreds of years now spanning even prior to European contact to Turtle Island and Hispanola. I don’t think you understand either how stereotypes work.
The image of that girl whom you are so fucking chum with, fucking perpetuates stereotypes about native people while simontaniously ripping away our cultures, making that war bonnet become ever more white-washed until it’s no longer associated with native cultures. After all, she was “making fun of hipsters.” That statement alone tells you how fucking dangerous that shit is. It’s already beginning to be disassociated with the plains cultures which the war bonnet hails from and is sacred to (one of my cultures being one of them). It’s already fucking blasphemous for a woman to wear a war bonnet, let a lone a white person; and not only that, a white woman who is making fun of someone in it. That’s fucking disrespectful to say the least. These images over and over again of whites wearing our regalia constantly erodes the sacredness of the war bonnet… it says that the weight and meaning of that is irrelevant, that is a fucking play toy for you and that we natives have no right to it. Your words reinforce that. I’m not sure if you’re aware of how fucking oppressive that is, but it’s really fucking oppressive. It’s very colonialistic as well. 
Also, if you have a problem with us not sharing our culture, you need to take that shit up with your own ancestors and everyone’s ancestors that look like you. I don’t give a shit what time period they came to Turtle Island. I really don’t. There was a time in which you all could have probably been adopted in and been apart of our cultures. But because you felt so fucking entitled to our land you all forced your ideas and expectations on to us. You did not respect that we had our own societies, governing bodies, and ways of doing things. 
It is because of the damage that your ancestors and YOU (yes you!) have done and are doing that we keep our cultural items and traditions to ourselves. 
Are you even aware that even after your ancestors moved us off of our lands, which btw, we had been on those lands well over 10,000 years. The white people have been here for only 500 years, a fraction of that. I’m sure you all feel pretty connected to the land and have a good knowledge base of it. Imagine the connection and knowledge base you’d have of it having been on that same area of land for well over200 TIMES the amount of time you whites have been here. It wasn’t just a simple matter of moving. Our very survival was based around that land. Do you know how difficult it is to having your knowledge base about how to live in the forests of the NE and to be suddenly moved w/o your consent or real preparation to a fucking desert (for example)? Also, our spiritualities were tied to those lands. It’s not like christianity where you can simply up and move and shit’s ok. No, it’s much worse than that. Not only that, many of our languages, if not all, were tied to the land. When your ancestors moved us, you stole way the very meanings of our words, our way to survive on our own and our spiritual bases. In essence, moving us stole the very foundations of our cultures right from under us. That fact in and of itself w/o killing anyone is fucking genocide.) and after you had forced us into treaties (via kidnapping children & family members from members of tribes and torturing and killing them and/or getting people drunk to sign these treaties… often people w/o the authority to sign these things i.e. not leaders just members of the tribe. It was the poor conditions the the oppression of the gov’t and the churches which are a part of this historical drama, the fucking residue of history that our communities, our reservations are in many places on level with 3rd and 4th world countries.
And btw when you’re ancestors, and the ancestors of people like you, placed us on reservations, they would take our children and kidnap them at ages as young as three and force them into boarding schools? Are you aware that if the parents refused to allow their children to be taken to these schools that their entire extended families food rations would be with held from them until they gave up the child… i.e. the entire family would starve. Did you know that they would ship them all the way across the country so that they couldn’t find their way home to their parents and their people? Are you aware that the stereotypes perpetuated through the media of the time influenced the people of the dominate culture’s support of killing, removal, and general genocide of the Native people, and people’s support of the boarding schools? Did you know that at these boarding schools General Pratt, the man who came up with them, stated it’s purpose was to “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”? Are you aware that because of the perpetuated and saturation of stereotypes of Native people that the christian churches/denominations sliced up sections of Turtle Island to convert every Native and that when doing so sometimes, they’d have everyone in the community line up… they’d shoot some of the people and then tell everyone that they have two choices, convert to christianity or be killed like the people they’d just shot. I’m sure you probably weren’t aware that at these schools, they were run in the manner of military schools and that christian priests and nuns were brought in also. I’m sure the fact that these little children who were kidnapped across country and were brought into a place where their hair was shorn off, their traditional clothing burned, and their very names taken from them and they were given names like James, Mary, John, Susan, etc. Upon entering the school the people there stripped them of their very identity. It did not stop there. There where children from tribes all over the country there and they all spoke different languages. These languages were as different from Swedish is from Zuni. The children couldn’t speak to each other, even if they wanted to. Whatsmore is that if they even whispered their language and were caught, the were brutally abused being beat up in all sorts of creative manners, sexually abused and tortured (among the many I have heard, there was a boy once who was caught speaking his language in the boarding school up here in the Pacific Northwest and they made him go out to the beach at low tide, then dig a hole deep enough for him to stand in with his head above the sand, and he was then buried there with his head sticking out of the sand until the tide had come in). At these schools, besides being sexually and physically abused by the priests and nuns/sisters, they were told every fucking day that they were evil, that they were no good, and that they were going to hell. Over and over and over and over. What they were taught was to be servants for the dominate culture. They were never given an education that would allow them to really help their people or to be able rise in the American society. This was done deliberately. I’m sure also you don’t care that it was the kids in these school who were forced to be there were also the ones who had to build the fucking buildings of those schools… some of them which are now ivy league schools (Harvard being one of them) and military schools. I’m sure also that it’s just fluff for you that the living conditions were so bad in these schools that disease spread quickly and that half off all the kids whom went to these schools died. HALF. But again, it doesn’t matter to you that it is the false stereotypes of natives that was so saturated in the American culture which had quiet a roll to help lead to the creation of policies which made that possible and the stereotypes which allowed the continuous  support (even financially) to the boarding schools.
I’m sure you also did not know that these boarding schools effectively desecrated native families. When the children came back to their communities, if they survived, they were unable to speak the language of their people, and also generally weren’t able to speak english well either. They could not contribute to their communities… they had effectively had their cultures and spiritualities even further ripped from them. How are you supposed to pass on knowledge to the next generations if you cannot communicate with them? How can you reclaim your culture after the boarding school experience if you cannot talk with your parents and elders? How can you learn how to be a member of your community in that situation? You are helpless.
The boarding school also stole these children’s ability to be able to know what parenting looked like away from them. When it came to a time when they were no longer forced to have to have their children taken a way from them, what do you think the lasting impacts are on those children to be able to be parents to their children? It is also from the boarding school experiences where the drinking & drug abuse as well as both the physical and sexual abuse in our communities stem from. There is intergenerational PTSD from the historical genocide which occurred to us. It should be noted, that conditions like that which I described above lasted from the late 1800s through the 1980s… and boarding schools are still around in various places in the country even to this day in 2011. (though admittedly not as oppressive as they used to be) 
I don’t think you know how hard my ancestors and other native ancestors had to work through all of that to preserve many of the different spiritualites and ceremonies. It was considered a felony for natives to practice our spiritualites. It was only in 1978 (only 33 years ago!) that it became legal for us to practice them out in the open. It should be noted that even today, in AZ because some white douche was appropriating the sweat lodge ceremony charging people THOUSANDS of dollars for it and 3 people died and 19 were injured, AZ created a law stating no non-natives could perform native spiritual ceremonies. You know what the punishment is for that? A FUCKING MISDEMEANOR… a TICKET. Only 33 years ago, native were going to prison for that and we weren’t/hadn’t even killed anyone in those. We were simply practicing our spiritualites, ones that we have every fucking right to. 
Even right now, because of the colonization there are many people within the native communities who believe our traditional spritualties are evil and fight to keep them out of our communities. And white folks and new agers think they can just waltz right in and think after everything, you have any sort of right to our spiritualities. Even today, there are many people who attempt to practice our traditional spiritual practices and we get harassed by groups of white people (and so it’s not uncommon that we still more or less have to do it in secret)… but it’s cool for white people to steal and skew our traditional spiritualites. We can’t even gain access to a lot of our own sacred sites, but white folks can barge right into them when they please and perform skewed, watered down versions of our cultures on those sites. This is the equivalent of Nazis dressing up as jews, and performing skewed watered down versions of Judaism in the sacred synagogues. shit’s not right.
But to continue on with my history lesson,( which I shouldn’t have to explain to you, but you’ve angered me so deeply I’m still online at 4 in the morning writing this out to you) and I’m not going to cover everything because YOU need to do your own fucking research and I shouldn’t be here to educate you, you should’ve fuckin believed me when I say it’s racist and oppressive you privileged shit bag. 
Stereotypes and racism have also played their role in creating MANY terrible policies which have worked to effectively continue to break down tribal ties. The Dawes Act is one of those. It’s complicated and I’m really not here to try to educate your silly ass about every fucking thing so you can go and research that yourself. 
I’m sure you were also not aware of that fact that forced serializations of Native women happened over a long period of time and when it was discovered, they found that 42% of all women of child bearing age and older had been sterilized. 
Also, I’m sure you’re not aware of the thousands of native children whom were adopted out to white families. This was such a problem that in 1978 (same year that it became legal to practice our spiritualities openly) 25% of Native children were being adopted out into white families. This happened because CPS agents would literally come into the hospital rooms of mothers who had just given birth and coerce them into giving up their babies right then and there. Mothers would watch as the workers walked away with their children. CPS workers would also enter the homes of Native families and they’d take their children away for things they would let slide for families of other races. This was such a problem that the Indian Child Welfare Act was introduced in 1978 to protect Native children from this practice. However the act was ineffective because the states were in charge of carrying it through and they didn’t. Their agencies would either refuse to look into the child’s background/ignore it all together. They would also find loop holes as well. If the parents weren’t living on the rez (which btw, in the 1950s the US government moved to get rid of all responsibilities to the treaties and were moving to terminate the status of tribes and their land. They had a major program which they moved thousands and thousands of Natives off the reservations and into the cities where they broke their promises once again and left the now urban natives out to dry and offered no assistance. Once again on many levels this was similar to the impact that the original process of removal had on natives. It divided and scattered the nations once again and further stripped people of their cultures), if they weren’t involved in their cultures, etc.  By the time they did a follow up survey in 1988 (the year of my birth) the rate had risen to 35%. The adopting out of native children into white families did the exact thing that the boarding schools did which is “Kill the indian, ‘save’ the man.”
As a Native child adopted into a white family, I know personally how stereotypes have transformed themselves (while keeping to the classic stereotypes) to continue to oppress new generations of Native people. I was pretty effectively assimilated into white culture and socialized white. I had no access to any native people and thus all of the images of stereotyped natives I thought were the correct portrayals of my peoples. I fucking lived and breathed for any sort of representation of my people in media. I saw these images and I did everything I could to rise up and embody these false characterizations of my people. However I did not know that we were being falsely portrayed. But it didn’t fucking matter. Because my cultures and spiritualities have been skewed and appropriated I cannot tell you the number of times I had to tear down the perceptions of what it I had thought I had learned of what my cultures were only to try to find more true/real information to have to do that same shit all over again. Like I stated earlier, colonization did not just take land and resources (which they continue to take from us), but they also take our culture, or spirituality and our identities. It’s fucking disgraceful and sad when the reality is that so many people claim to be native and take on native identities when they’re not native… and then use those false identities to profit off of that you can’t even trust a book or many teachers you meet when they say that they are native american and that you have to assume that they’re not and do research to confirm that they’re actually Native people. 
Because of white people’s insistence that they’re fucking entitled to everything, we now have many lost Native children who will embrace unknowingly white-washed-watered down versions of our true cultures. Had I personally not come into a position where I was able to reconnect with a Native community, I would never have known that my perceptions of my own people and our cultures is skewed and hella romanticized. I worry for all the other Native children like myself who were adopted out, but unlike me who were never able to be put in positions where they were/are able to reclaim their culture and be able to reclaim one that isn’t skewed. It isn’t unheard of for children who are adopted out and finally reconnect with their communities to not be able to be fully accepted into it because of cultural differences and fucked up perceptions of what their culture is thanks to the white culture’s influence. 
I can’t articulate myself well right now since it’s 5 am and I’ve not slept yet. But, cultural appropriation and spiritual appropriation is SUPER dangerous for the Native community. Not to mention also, fucking look at Europe. There used to be loads of indigenous cultures there. Look here in America, there used to be more distinct cultures here coming from europe than what’s currently here now. Those children also had the assimilation process happen to them till they were merely just white. White people whom appropriate often give the excuse that you’re doing it because you have no culture or your culture is boring. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING FUCKERS. You’re stealing shit form our cultures and white washing it. If you continue to do so, it has the potential to loose any sort of deep cultural meaning and be perceived as just another American/white thing. After all, this has already happened to so many of our things.. potatoes, corn, etc (yeah no, potatoes are a traditional Native American food and DID NOT originate from Ireland… however where do they get attributed to so often? Fucking Ireland.).
Stereotyping (which her photo, the many others like it perpetuates) and cultural appropriation perpetuates the continuing colonization and oppression of Native American people. Wearing that warbonnet does that. I don’t give a shit if she is some silly girl. That was already obvious. that does not excuse her. You being a feminist does not excuse you either. When you’re being oppressive, you’re being oppressive. 
“…saying she should not wear that headdress is like saying I can’t eat sushi because it appropriates japanese stereotypes and is ignoring the genocide the united states perpetrated. I definitely agree with much of your post, but condemning a silly girl for wearing that headpiece is comparable to christians being angry that wearing the cross was a fashion item in the 80’s. yes, it is someone wearing something that symbolizes something they don’t personally ascribe to which is TOTALLY FINE. If she were wearing a kkk hood, it’d be a different story, but I think that all appreciation of native peoples is good. war bonnets are beautiful, along with many other indigenous wear from all over the world and I think it’s good for people to not only explore their own culture.”
You don’t know shit about the Native cultures so don’t even try to reduce a head dress to sushi. I man no disrespect for sushi, but sushi is not the same fucking thing as a war bonnet. There are important differences here mam’am.  The japanese gave you permission to eat their sushi and are asking you to engage in that practice of eating that food. We Natives did not ask you to take our culture and spirituality. In fact we’ve been telling you not to do that, have you listened.. NO! If someone tells you not to take/use things form their cultures and spiritualities then don’t. It should also be of mention that the Japanese still have rights to their culture where you obviously think that we Natives don’t have a right to ours. The Japanese also still have their own country. Youv’e taken that from us natives (I say this as you, all you white folks).
My knowledge and being able to see how fucking disrespectful and harmful her taking that photo with a headdress on, and being Native gives me FULL RIGHTS  to condemn her. She’s being racist. It’s also not comparable to christians being mad at the cross being turned into a fashion statement. 1) the people using it as a fashion symbol have a deep understanding of what that cross means and how it’s supposed to be used. It’s also for the most part not completely out of context or being entirely miss used either. A lot of those people wearing the cross were raised christian, or were still christian (though obs. not everyone). Christians are also not an oppressed group in the west. There are billions of christians and if a portion of people wear it as a fashion symbol, it will still retain it’s meaning. However, because of this history of colonization and genocide, there are only a hand full of people (compared to that of christians, Buddhists, hindus, muslims, or jews).   However, people taking things from Native cultures and skewing their use and divorcing the meaning from it does have damaging effects. It’s cultural genocide. The war bonnet would not be able to retain it’s meaning the same way the cross would. 
It’s not appreciation. I am telling you as a native THAT is not appreciating. You all think it’s appreciating when all you’re doing is stealing our shit and then saying “oh we’re appreciating your culture.” NO YOUR NOT! you’re portraying us and our cultures and spiritualities through stereotypes, you’re mocking us. The level of saturation of stereotypes of Natives in pop culture and the dominant culture is so prevalent that when a native person stands before you, if they do not adhere to some sort of stereotypes, you don’t even see us… and when we say we’re native you say “oh, you don’t look like a native.” I’M STANDING RIGHT BEFORE YOU, OF COARSE I DO. Your own stereotypes of us have blinded you from the truth. 
people wearing things not of their culture, unless given permission to wear or use those items, then that’s fucked up. Unless you get permission then you ought not to don nor use those things. As a person of color I can’t go and culturally appropriate things. Hell! as a Native, I can’t just go and wear and use clothing and items from other Native cultures. What the fuck makes you think that you, as a white person, can?  
She doesn’t need to wear a KKK hood for her to be racist you idiot. 
There is a way to appreciate Native cultures and you’re both fucking doing it wrong. Why don’t you LISTEN TO NATIVES and find ways to do it right?! 
yeah, there are many indigenous things that are beautiful, that still doesn’t give you the right to take it or engage in it. You are not entitled to those things. Only the people from those cultures are entitled to those things. 
White folks should explore their own cultures and if you like indigenous shit, why don’t you research your own roots and engage in the indigenous cultures of europe your family once came from. Why don’t you do that, eh?! it would be far more respectful to EVERYBODY!
“I would like to heartily agree with you on your views on cultural appropriation, but in this particular case I would urge you to let it be and focus on more pressing matters facing the native community.”
You obviously don’t agree (though you stated that several times in your post), so fucking be up front. As I said before, as a white person and as a member of oppressive group your role here is to SIT DOWN, SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LISTEN. Your words hold no water here. I know that you’re privileged and all and used to your opinion holding some sort of sack of shit, but it doesn’t here. When that girl put on that cheesy war bonnet and you spouted your bull shit, you stepped into indigenous space. You don’t know shit about us and are not apart of our community there for SHHHH!  Also, as a white person and NOT A NATIVE AMERICAN you do not get to have a say in what is and isn’t important. 
You need to do some research and learn more then come back to me. You do not respect Native cultures, you do not honor us. You are not an ally, you are only oppressive.
Come back to me when you’ve learned your history, and how you can be an actual ally. (once again, just cuz you claim to be something doesn’t make you something). 

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I’M SO FUCKING HIPSTER.  And bored at gabi’s because my boyfriend is blowing me off and she went to work and I’m hiding in her room because I don’t want to talk to her mom anymore.

Because I know that you are the person in the photo an not just some blogger reblogging some photo of a random white person appropriating native american cultural items, I will be responding directly to you.

I understand that you may have never even heard the term cultural appropriation before, and so you cannot see how you wearing this is racist and promotes not only harmful stereotypes about us Native Americans and First Nations peoples, but that by engaging in cultural appropriation (not to mention taking a photo of yourself in a cheesy head dress because it’s “hipster” and popular and will probably get you reblogs which will encourage others to engage in this harmful, hurtful, and disgusting act) you’re also engaging in a form of cultural genocide. It matters not whether that was your intention… after all, if you run over a person while on your way to the grocery store, it doesn’t matter if that wasn’t your intention when you set out; you still hit the person.. you can’t take that back and saying you didn’t intend to hit them won’t lessen the damage that’s been caused (the road to hell is paved with the best intentions). 

I know that you did not buy the headdress, but found it.. that’s cool (i guess) but you should’ve gotten rid of it so that no one else could have used it to engage in racist, genocidal, stereotype perpetuating acts.. as you have unfortunately done yourself.

You should be aware that we Native and First Nations people see you and others like you appropriating our cultures and spiritualities because you and a lot of other people like you see it as hip and the cool thing to do. However, we’re not pleased and we don’t find it cute. I personally don’t have the energy to write an essays worth of information out to you. But be aware that, I’m in a nice mood right now, so i’m not tearing you apart. And trust me, there tons of other Native and First Nations people here on tumblr and outside this site and the internet who would call you out in A LOT LESS of a nice tone. (i.e. they’d tear you to pieces). 

I would encourage you to learn more about what cultural appropriation is, stereotypes of native americans (since after all, your actions and your photo here is perpetuating them… and also because your perception of us Natives are probably deeply ingrained with the saturation of stereotypes that were given to you of us throughout your life… otherwise you might not be doing this shit), and Native American history… which if you live in this country, it is YOUR history as well.. particularly if you and your ancestors are white. It’s important to know what happened so that you know where our ancestors stand in history as well as yourself… and how you can become better and not continue the genocide. I would encourage you also to follow blogs/tumblrs BY Native and First Nations people so that you can understand and see our perspective.  If you truly appreciate our cultures, as many claim, you will do this and find ways to join with Native and First Nations people in solidarity and also learn about our cultures in a good and respectful way.

Because I believe in education, I will start you off with a series of materials to look into about cultural appropriation, spiritual appropriation, stereotypes of natives, Native American history (i.e. as I said, your history as well), as well as a place where you can find Native and First Nations tumblrs to follow. This is not all that is out there though, and there is a ton more here on tumblr alone. Look around.

There are many great tumblrs which will inform you just by following them. Kahs for example (i linked a few of her articles) is a particularly excellent source.

I hope that you will discontinue engaging in these acts and I hope to see you join as as a true ally and not just another silly, ignorant person who engages in acts of genocide and oppression against us. There is much for you to learn and if you ask us questions nicely we may answer them. But realize also that if you get a hostile response that we get things asked of us all the time, and seeing images like this and other racist/stereotypes of ourselves and our people gets stressful and we feel hurt and it’s painful to look at these images and representations of ourselves.

I’d encourage you to do as much research as possible  (we all often reblog informative information, and so just by following us it’ll make it easier to learn. I say this not because I give a shit about follower count for me or anyone, but because this really is the easiest way to gain information as you’re tumbling) prior to asking us questions though. 

I hope that you do take my advice, and I do hope to see you as an ally someday. 

Reblogging for the commentary/resources.

So awesome. Excellent job Brit. Hipsters getting owned.. this should be a tumblr, people.

first peoples are incredible and everyone should feel free to celebrate them in their own way. it’s a bit like saying we shouldn’t eat sushi.

Japanese people aren’t offended by us eating sushi, Wild Hair.

I understand, but seeing as we massacred hundreds of thousands of japanese, it’s a bad argument to say that white girls can’t wear headdresses because it’s appropriating stereotypes. NO ITS FUCKING NOT, GO USE YOUR LOVELY FIRST PEOPLE POWER TO DO SOMETHING IMPORTANT.

I believe that it’s because it’s a bit insulting.  They had to earn these in their culture and now weird girls just buy them and put them on to look silly.  I also think that the native americans may have a bit of a grudge against us for stealing their land and the Japanese recognize that we were in a war and war things happen in wars.  I do not believe that the sushi bit is fitting since sushi isn’t a sign of honour or respect that is earned, it’s just a food that anyone can have in their culture.  Though I do believe that the really wordy guy is just getting too excited.  It’s just disrespectful at most, I’m not too sure about it being racist since she isn’t cupping a hand over her mouth and going “OOWOOWOOWOOWOO”.

Or is she? 

oh just a wee bit. not like we fucked their culture and raped their land and forced them into catholic boarding schools or anything.

here’s what I sent in da ask boxxx to mrs. excited- about-shit

 I respect and honor native peoples, but wearing a war bonnet  does not make a racist statement. I know this sounds dicky, coming from a white girl, but please hear me out- reserving cultural items and traditions for only those born into that culture is selfish and sensationalist. I don’t know if you read my reblog but I said that saying she should not wear that headdress is like saying I can’t eat sushi because it appropriates japanese stereotypes and is ignoring the genocide the united states perpetrated. I definitely agree with much of your post, but condemning a silly girl for wearing that headpiece is comparable to christians being angry that wearing the cross was a fashion item in the 80’s. yes, it is someone wearing something that symbolizes something they don’t personally ascribe to which is TOTALLY FINE. If she were wearing a kkk hood, it’d be a different story, but I think that all appreciation of native peoples is good. war bonnets are beautiful, along with many other indigenous wear from all over the world and I think it’s good for people to not only explore their own culture. I would like to heartily agree with you on your views on cultural appropriation, but in this particular case I would urge you to let it be and focus on more pressing matters facing the native community. 

I’m putting this here to make sure you see it.

(TRIGGER WARNING FOR TALK OF GENOCIDE)

One, you obviously  do not respect nor honor native people. Honor is not bestowed upon people when it leaves the honorers’ lips. Honor is bestowed when it is accepted in the honoree’s ears.  And I do not accept it nor do I know of many others who would either. 

As a native person I will decide what is important for me to focus on. As a Native person I am telling YOU, an outsider who does not have to deal with this shit every day of their lives that this is fucked upAS AN OUTSIDER it seems that UNLESS A NATIVE PERSON CONNECTS THE FUCKING DOTS FOR YOU, YOU CONTINUE TO NOT UNDERSTAND. (yes I am typing in caps, yes I am pissed.) What’s worse is you OBVIOUSLY DON’T EVEN LISTEN. 

You and the person you were talking to said that you needed more voices from other natives on the issue. 90% OF THE ARTICLES AND FILMS I LINKED WERE CREATED BY NATIVE PEOPLE. Most of them here ON TUMBLR. I listed the directory so that you can FUCKING READ and see what we Natives and First Nations people have to say. It’s obvious that you also need to go read those links and watch those documentaries as well. You probably should have done that before you opened your mouth.

This issue of cultural appropriation is not a silly matter. THIS ISSUE  IS CONNECTED TO MOST IF NOT ALL ISSUES FACING NATIVE COMMUNITIES. If this were some trivial matter, I wouldn’t waste my time on this. But because I have seen and experienced the effects that this has first hand my ENTIER LIFE I know that it is dangerous, it is hurtful, it is harmful, and it is indeed genocidal. 

As a person who is not Native and of the oppressive group, your role in this is to SIT DOWN, SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LISTEN. It is the very LEAST you can do in this.  YOU DO NOT TELL SOMEONE WHAT THEY SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON. THAT IS NOT YOUR PLACE.  I do not need someone from the group who has oppressed and wiped out 98% of my people to tell me how I should resist their dominance. Why the fuck would I ask you? 

You need to check your Euro-centric point of view. You need to check your fucking privilege. You claim grrl in your sn and thus I’m holding you to an even harsher standing right now because you claiming that in your name means that you should have some basic understanding of anti-oppression politics and your statement has fucking failed at that. way to fucking go. 

You obviously give into the idea of “the melting pot.” Have you ever considered how many times people from other cultures were asked whether they wanted to share their culture? Have you ever thought it odd why it’s pretty much primarily white people claiming it is people of color who are being greedy with their culture? I am telling you that there are MANY things STOLEN from cultures of color which your people took for your own fucking amusement, so that you can be hip. So that you can be different. “Oh look how fucking cultured I am!” It’s not cute. It’s not funny. Have you ever stopped to think about in one moment of your life what the contents of the “melting pot” tasted like? Did you assume that it tasted good? To your Euro-centric tounge I suppose the contents taste great. To many communities of color who have been colonized, forcefully assimilated, and had their shit taken, it taste pretty fucking disgusting to our tongues. But then again the blood, bones, and tears of our ancestors would never taste good to us. 

“I know it sounds dicky, coming from a white girl… but… reserving cultural items and traditions for only those born into that culture is selfish and sensationalist.” 

I don’t think you understand what happened here. And you don’t, do you? Obviously not. You know there’s a funny paradox with cultures who colonize. I don’t think you understand either that colonization here in America did not simply stop with the stealing of our land, the killing of 98% of the native population, (trigger warning) it did not stop with the raping of the land (/end trigger warning) (which still happens every day); no! it marches on with the continuing of the  theft of our spiritualities, our cultures, and our very identities. This includes things like war bonnets and turning items from our culture into petty fashion statements. But these things look sooOOOoo cool right? And it doesn’t matter it’s just fashion right? It doesn’t matter if I dress up in red face right?

You don’t understand how colonization works obviously. Cultural Appropriation has been a tactic of colonization for hundreds of years now spanning even prior to European contact to Turtle Island and Hispanola. I don’t think you understand either how stereotypes work.

The image of that girl whom you are so fucking chum with, fucking perpetuates stereotypes about native people while simontaniously ripping away our cultures, making that war bonnet become ever more white-washed until it’s no longer associated with native cultures. After all, she was “making fun of hipsters.” That statement alone tells you how fucking dangerous that shit is. It’s already beginning to be disassociated with the plains cultures which the war bonnet hails from and is sacred to (one of my cultures being one of them). It’s already fucking blasphemous for a woman to wear a war bonnet, let a lone a white person; and not only that, a white woman who is making fun of someone in it. That’s fucking disrespectful to say the least. These images over and over again of whites wearing our regalia constantly erodes the sacredness of the war bonnet… it says that the weight and meaning of that is irrelevant, that is a fucking play toy for you and that we natives have no right to it. Your words reinforce that. I’m not sure if you’re aware of how fucking oppressive that is, but it’s really fucking oppressive. It’s very colonialistic as well. 

Also, if you have a problem with us not sharing our culture, you need to take that shit up with your own ancestors and everyone’s ancestors that look like you. I don’t give a shit what time period they came to Turtle Island. I really don’t. There was a time in which you all could have probably been adopted in and been apart of our cultures. But because you felt so fucking entitled to our land you all forced your ideas and expectations on to us. You did not respect that we had our own societies, governing bodies, and ways of doing things. 

It is because of the damage that your ancestors and YOU (yes you!) have done and are doing that we keep our cultural items and traditions to ourselves. 

Are you even aware that even after your ancestors moved us off of our lands, which btw, we had been on those lands well over 10,000 years. The white people have been here for only 500 years, a fraction of that. I’m sure you all feel pretty connected to the land and have a good knowledge base of it. Imagine the connection and knowledge base you’d have of it having been on that same area of land for well over200 TIMES the amount of time you whites have been here. It wasn’t just a simple matter of moving. Our very survival was based around that land. Do you know how difficult it is to having your knowledge base about how to live in the forests of the NE and to be suddenly moved w/o your consent or real preparation to a fucking desert (for example)? Also, our spiritualities were tied to those lands. It’s not like christianity where you can simply up and move and shit’s ok. No, it’s much worse than that. Not only that, many of our languages, if not all, were tied to the land. When your ancestors moved us, you stole way the very meanings of our words, our way to survive on our own and our spiritual bases. In essence, moving us stole the very foundations of our cultures right from under us. That fact in and of itself w/o killing anyone is fucking genocide.) and after you had forced us into treaties (via kidnapping children & family members from members of tribes and torturing and killing them and/or getting people drunk to sign these treaties… often people w/o the authority to sign these things i.e. not leaders just members of the tribe. It was the poor conditions the the oppression of the gov’t and the churches which are a part of this historical drama, the fucking residue of history that our communities, our reservations are in many places on level with 3rd and 4th world countries.

And btw when you’re ancestors, and the ancestors of people like you, placed us on reservations, they would take our children and kidnap them at ages as young as three and force them into boarding schools? Are you aware that if the parents refused to allow their children to be taken to these schools that their entire extended families food rations would be with held from them until they gave up the child… i.e. the entire family would starve. Did you know that they would ship them all the way across the country so that they couldn’t find their way home to their parents and their people? Are you aware that the stereotypes perpetuated through the media of the time influenced the people of the dominate culture’s support of killing, removal, and general genocide of the Native people, and people’s support of the boarding schools? Did you know that at these boarding schools General Pratt, the man who came up with them, stated it’s purpose was to “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”? Are you aware that because of the perpetuated and saturation of stereotypes of Native people that the christian churches/denominations sliced up sections of Turtle Island to convert every Native and that when doing so sometimes, they’d have everyone in the community line up… they’d shoot some of the people and then tell everyone that they have two choices, convert to christianity or be killed like the people they’d just shot. I’m sure you probably weren’t aware that at these schools, they were run in the manner of military schools and that christian priests and nuns were brought in also. I’m sure the fact that these little children who were kidnapped across country and were brought into a place where their hair was shorn off, their traditional clothing burned, and their very names taken from them and they were given names like James, Mary, John, Susan, etc. Upon entering the school the people there stripped them of their very identity. It did not stop there. There where children from tribes all over the country there and they all spoke different languages. These languages were as different from Swedish is from Zuni. The children couldn’t speak to each other, even if they wanted to. Whatsmore is that if they even whispered their language and were caught, the were brutally abused being beat up in all sorts of creative manners, sexually abused and tortured (among the many I have heard, there was a boy once who was caught speaking his language in the boarding school up here in the Pacific Northwest and they made him go out to the beach at low tide, then dig a hole deep enough for him to stand in with his head above the sand, and he was then buried there with his head sticking out of the sand until the tide had come in). At these schools, besides being sexually and physically abused by the priests and nuns/sisters, they were told every fucking day that they were evil, that they were no good, and that they were going to hell. Over and over and over and over. What they were taught was to be servants for the dominate culture. They were never given an education that would allow them to really help their people or to be able rise in the American society. This was done deliberately. I’m sure also you don’t care that it was the kids in these school who were forced to be there were also the ones who had to build the fucking buildings of those schools… some of them which are now ivy league schools (Harvard being one of them) and military schools. I’m sure also that it’s just fluff for you that the living conditions were so bad in these schools that disease spread quickly and that half off all the kids whom went to these schools died. HALF. But again, it doesn’t matter to you that it is the false stereotypes of natives that was so saturated in the American culture which had quiet a roll to help lead to the creation of policies which made that possible and the stereotypes which allowed the continuous  support (even financially) to the boarding schools.

I’m sure you also did not know that these boarding schools effectively desecrated native families. When the children came back to their communities, if they survived, they were unable to speak the language of their people, and also generally weren’t able to speak english well either. They could not contribute to their communities… they had effectively had their cultures and spiritualities even further ripped from them. How are you supposed to pass on knowledge to the next generations if you cannot communicate with them? How can you reclaim your culture after the boarding school experience if you cannot talk with your parents and elders? How can you learn how to be a member of your community in that situation? You are helpless.

The boarding school also stole these children’s ability to be able to know what parenting looked like away from them. When it came to a time when they were no longer forced to have to have their children taken a way from them, what do you think the lasting impacts are on those children to be able to be parents to their children? It is also from the boarding school experiences where the drinking & drug abuse as well as both the physical and sexual abuse in our communities stem from. There is intergenerational PTSD from the historical genocide which occurred to us. It should be noted, that conditions like that which I described above lasted from the late 1800s through the 1980s… and boarding schools are still around in various places in the country even to this day in 2011. (though admittedly not as oppressive as they used to be) 

I don’t think you know how hard my ancestors and other native ancestors had to work through all of that to preserve many of the different spiritualites and ceremonies. It was considered a felony for natives to practice our spiritualites. It was only in 1978 (only 33 years ago!) that it became legal for us to practice them out in the open. It should be noted that even today, in AZ because some white douche was appropriating the sweat lodge ceremony charging people THOUSANDS of dollars for it and 3 people died and 19 were injured, AZ created a law stating no non-natives could perform native spiritual ceremonies. You know what the punishment is for that? A FUCKING MISDEMEANOR… a TICKET. Only 33 years ago, native were going to prison for that and we weren’t/hadn’t even killed anyone in those. We were simply practicing our spiritualites, ones that we have every fucking right to. 

Even right now, because of the colonization there are many people within the native communities who believe our traditional spritualties are evil and fight to keep them out of our communities. And white folks and new agers think they can just waltz right in and think after everything, you have any sort of right to our spiritualities. Even today, there are many people who attempt to practice our traditional spiritual practices and we get harassed by groups of white people (and so it’s not uncommon that we still more or less have to do it in secret)… but it’s cool for white people to steal and skew our traditional spiritualites. We can’t even gain access to a lot of our own sacred sites, but white folks can barge right into them when they please and perform skewed, watered down versions of our cultures on those sites. This is the equivalent of Nazis dressing up as jews, and performing skewed watered down versions of Judaism in the sacred synagogues. shit’s not right.

But to continue on with my history lesson,( which I shouldn’t have to explain to you, but you’ve angered me so deeply I’m still online at 4 in the morning writing this out to you) and I’m not going to cover everything because YOU need to do your own fucking research and I shouldn’t be here to educate you, you should’ve fuckin believed me when I say it’s racist and oppressive you privileged shit bag. 

Stereotypes and racism have also played their role in creating MANY terrible policies which have worked to effectively continue to break down tribal ties. The Dawes Act is one of those. It’s complicated and I’m really not here to try to educate your silly ass about every fucking thing so you can go and research that yourself. 

I’m sure you were also not aware of that fact that forced serializations of Native women happened over a long period of time and when it was discovered, they found that 42% of all women of child bearing age and older had been sterilized. 

Also, I’m sure you’re not aware of the thousands of native children whom were adopted out to white families. This was such a problem that in 1978 (same year that it became legal to practice our spiritualities openly) 25% of Native children were being adopted out into white families. This happened because CPS agents would literally come into the hospital rooms of mothers who had just given birth and coerce them into giving up their babies right then and there. Mothers would watch as the workers walked away with their children. CPS workers would also enter the homes of Native families and they’d take their children away for things they would let slide for families of other races. This was such a problem that the Indian Child Welfare Act was introduced in 1978 to protect Native children from this practice. However the act was ineffective because the states were in charge of carrying it through and they didn’t. Their agencies would either refuse to look into the child’s background/ignore it all together. They would also find loop holes as well. If the parents weren’t living on the rez (which btw, in the 1950s the US government moved to get rid of all responsibilities to the treaties and were moving to terminate the status of tribes and their land. They had a major program which they moved thousands and thousands of Natives off the reservations and into the cities where they broke their promises once again and left the now urban natives out to dry and offered no assistance. Once again on many levels this was similar to the impact that the original process of removal had on natives. It divided and scattered the nations once again and further stripped people of their cultures), if they weren’t involved in their cultures, etc.  By the time they did a follow up survey in 1988 (the year of my birth) the rate had risen to 35%. The adopting out of native children into white families did the exact thing that the boarding schools did which is “Kill the indian, ‘save’ the man.”

As a Native child adopted into a white family, I know personally how stereotypes have transformed themselves (while keeping to the classic stereotypes) to continue to oppress new generations of Native people. I was pretty effectively assimilated into white culture and socialized white. I had no access to any native people and thus all of the images of stereotyped natives I thought were the correct portrayals of my peoples. I fucking lived and breathed for any sort of representation of my people in media. I saw these images and I did everything I could to rise up and embody these false characterizations of my people. However I did not know that we were being falsely portrayed. But it didn’t fucking matter. Because my cultures and spiritualities have been skewed and appropriated I cannot tell you the number of times I had to tear down the perceptions of what it I had thought I had learned of what my cultures were only to try to find more true/real information to have to do that same shit all over again. Like I stated earlier, colonization did not just take land and resources (which they continue to take from us), but they also take our culture, or spirituality and our identities. It’s fucking disgraceful and sad when the reality is that so many people claim to be native and take on native identities when they’re not native… and then use those false identities to profit off of that you can’t even trust a book or many teachers you meet when they say that they are native american and that you have to assume that they’re not and do research to confirm that they’re actually Native people. 

Because of white people’s insistence that they’re fucking entitled to everything, we now have many lost Native children who will embrace unknowingly white-washed-watered down versions of our true cultures. Had I personally not come into a position where I was able to reconnect with a Native community, I would never have known that my perceptions of my own people and our cultures is skewed and hella romanticized. I worry for all the other Native children like myself who were adopted out, but unlike me who were never able to be put in positions where they were/are able to reclaim their culture and be able to reclaim one that isn’t skewed. It isn’t unheard of for children who are adopted out and finally reconnect with their communities to not be able to be fully accepted into it because of cultural differences and fucked up perceptions of what their culture is thanks to the white culture’s influence. 

I can’t articulate myself well right now since it’s 5 am and I’ve not slept yet. But, cultural appropriation and spiritual appropriation is SUPER dangerous for the Native community. Not to mention also, fucking look at Europe. There used to be loads of indigenous cultures there. Look here in America, there used to be more distinct cultures here coming from europe than what’s currently here now. Those children also had the assimilation process happen to them till they were merely just white. White people whom appropriate often give the excuse that you’re doing it because you have no culture or your culture is boring. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING FUCKERS. You’re stealing shit form our cultures and white washing it. If you continue to do so, it has the potential to loose any sort of deep cultural meaning and be perceived as just another American/white thing. After all, this has already happened to so many of our things.. potatoes, corn, etc (yeah no, potatoes are a traditional Native American food and DID NOT originate from Ireland… however where do they get attributed to so often? Fucking Ireland.).

Stereotyping (which her photo, the many others like it perpetuates) and cultural appropriation perpetuates the continuing colonization and oppression of Native American people. Wearing that warbonnet does that. I don’t give a shit if she is some silly girl. That was already obvious. that does not excuse her. You being a feminist does not excuse you either. When you’re being oppressive, you’re being oppressive. 

saying she should not wear that headdress is like saying I can’t eat sushi because it appropriates japanese stereotypes and is ignoring the genocide the united states perpetrated. I definitely agree with much of your post, but condemning a silly girl for wearing that headpiece is comparable to christians being angry that wearing the cross was a fashion item in the 80’s. yes, it is someone wearing something that symbolizes something they don’t personally ascribe to which is TOTALLY FINE. If she were wearing a kkk hood, it’d be a different story, but I think that all appreciation of native peoples is good. war bonnets are beautiful, along with many other indigenous wear from all over the world and I think it’s good for people to not only explore their own culture.

  1. You don’t know shit about the Native cultures so don’t even try to reduce a head dress to sushi. I man no disrespect for sushi, but sushi is not the same fucking thing as a war bonnet. There are important differences here mam’am.  The japanese gave you permission to eat their sushi and are asking you to engage in that practice of eating that food. We Natives did not ask you to take our culture and spirituality. In fact we’ve been telling you not to do that, have you listened.. NO! If someone tells you not to take/use things form their cultures and spiritualities then don’t. It should also be of mention that the Japanese still have rights to their culture where you obviously think that we Natives don’t have a right to ours. The Japanese also still have their own country. Youv’e taken that from us natives (I say this as you, all you white folks).
  2. My knowledge and being able to see how fucking disrespectful and harmful her taking that photo with a headdress on, and being Native gives me FULL RIGHTS  to condemn her. She’s being racist. It’s also not comparable to christians being mad at the cross being turned into a fashion statement. 1) the people using it as a fashion symbol have a deep understanding of what that cross means and how it’s supposed to be used. It’s also for the most part not completely out of context or being entirely miss used either. A lot of those people wearing the cross were raised christian, or were still christian (though obs. not everyone). Christians are also not an oppressed group in the west. There are billions of christians and if a portion of people wear it as a fashion symbol, it will still retain it’s meaning. However, because of this history of colonization and genocide, there are only a hand full of people (compared to that of christians, Buddhists, hindus, muslims, or jews).   However, people taking things from Native cultures and skewing their use and divorcing the meaning from it does have damaging effects. It’s cultural genocide. The war bonnet would not be able to retain it’s meaning the same way the cross would. 
  3. It’s not appreciation. I am telling you as a native THAT is not appreciating. You all think it’s appreciating when all you’re doing is stealing our shit and then saying “oh we’re appreciating your culture.” NO YOUR NOT! you’re portraying us and our cultures and spiritualities through stereotypes, you’re mocking us. The level of saturation of stereotypes of Natives in pop culture and the dominant culture is so prevalent that when a native person stands before you, if they do not adhere to some sort of stereotypes, you don’t even see us… and when we say we’re native you say “oh, you don’t look like a native.” I’M STANDING RIGHT BEFORE YOU, OF COARSE I DO. Your own stereotypes of us have blinded you from the truth. 
  4. people wearing things not of their culture, unless given permission to wear or use those items, then that’s fucked up. Unless you get permission then you ought not to don nor use those things. As a person of color I can’t go and culturally appropriate things. Hell! as a Native, I can’t just go and wear and use clothing and items from other Native cultures. What the fuck makes you think that you, as a white person, can?  
  5. She doesn’t need to wear a KKK hood for her to be racist you idiot. 
  6. There is a way to appreciate Native cultures and you’re both fucking doing it wrong. Why don’t you LISTEN TO NATIVES and find ways to do it right?! 
  7. yeah, there are many indigenous things that are beautiful, that still doesn’t give you the right to take it or engage in it. You are not entitled to those things. Only the people from those cultures are entitled to those things. 
  8. White folks should explore their own cultures and if you like indigenous shit, why don’t you research your own roots and engage in the indigenous cultures of europe your family once came from. Why don’t you do that, eh?! it would be far more respectful to EVERYBODY!

“I would like to heartily agree with you on your views on cultural appropriation, but in this particular case I would urge you to let it be and focus on more pressing matters facing the native community.”

You obviously don’t agree (though you stated that several times in your post), so fucking be up front. As I said before, as a white person and as a member of oppressive group your role here is to SIT DOWN, SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LISTEN. Your words hold no water here. I know that you’re privileged and all and used to your opinion holding some sort of sack of shit, but it doesn’t here. When that girl put on that cheesy war bonnet and you spouted your bull shit, you stepped into indigenous space. You don’t know shit about us and are not apart of our community there for SHHHH!  Also, as a white person and NOT A NATIVE AMERICAN you do not get to have a say in what is and isn’t important. 

You need to do some research and learn more then come back to me. You do not respect Native cultures, you do not honor us. You are not an ally, you are only oppressive.

Come back to me when you’ve learned your history, and how you can be an actual ally. (once again, just cuz you claim to be something doesn’t make you something). 

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