Most importantly I learned that these blankets are not commodities, mass produced for general consumption. Today, smooth stainless steel frame is a trademark feature of the Barcelona loveseat. And Some Undian nation are very modest, even events, gathering pow-wows we cover our shoulders , legs we Woman for most part wear skirts even if we are not performing, like in cerimonies or dancing! Get to Know Us. Lets celebrate and embrace our culture as well as that of others. Obviously they are their own authority on who gets to wear them and to what significance.
Their land WAS claimed by others for centuries and they were wiped off the map, denied an education or their language, etc. In perspective, maybe YOU are the priveleged one, compared to your ancestors, and other peoples in nations in this world currently at war.
You demonstrate privilege and entitlement in full force. My favourite part of your ridiculous spiel was telling me that Indigenous peoples of the Americas are privileged, demonstrating the stunning depth of your ignorance. We still are experiencing this. There are things that we as indigenous people hold sacred. I am not from a plains tribe, hence I would never think of disrespecting them by taking what they hold sacred and using it.
How is that not also appropriation? Then yet they might claim they are the only ones given the right to wear or use the cultural tradition solely because they are ethnic or racially connected to the symbolism how is that NOT racist in and of itself? The argument that its wrong to impersonate an false identity via authentic tribal regalia: I have no idea what you mean when you say 1st American etc. Only about a dozen nations in the Plains use the particular headdress being aped by so many.
We have every right to determine how our symbols are used within our culture. People have every right to go and steal those symbols…and we have every right to point out how disrespectful, and often racist that is.
Basically no amount of attempts on your part to logic yourself out of that is going to be effective. I honestly think the wrong word is being used here though.
Someone wearing a headdress might be ignorant and misuse of the piece but that does not automatically make them a racist. Unfortunately they have succumbed to encouraging stereotypes which is denigrating as well but again not racist. An ignorant misuse of headdresses, additional clothing and other aspects of the culture may be disrespectful but again not racist. Its really funny because My first thouights about the Pharell incident was about viking helms and here I see on two totally separate discussions more than one reference to Vikings.
I agree with you Vikingmetalgirl.. In fact I think a vangaurd of human consciousness has already evolved beyond alot of petty virtues and dogmatic symbolism and rituals, but that does not mean that the ritual motions and language forms are not potent and in many ways necessary to further our ways of life..
Just wanted to support your perspective because it insipres me to see people with a like minded sense of sober optimism. If I were to appropriate your identity and went around as you collecting your pay, pissing everyone off at you and tried to seduce your significant other I imagine it offend you, rightfully so.
It belongs to you and is sacred to you. Transfer that feeling to other peoples sacred. Actually how offended you choose to be is entirely up to you.
And an object only has as much as importance as you choose to give it. And when I was a child, I used to collect all sorts of feathers, which included an eagle feather. I would say the disrespect you are showing here, is towards the argument I have laid out.
But does it promote negative? Very good outlines here and some boundary setting. Leave it as inspired without specific names and it seems good. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.
Fashion,music,language,everything is a copy of previous work. I notice you are using the alphabet. Is that politically correct? I really like the way you have addressed the disrespect to culture that is so prevalent in many societies. Seriously, it was almost to be expected from others outside of our country. What surprised me the most, was the disrespect from those whom I had called friends.
I was told to lighten up because it was a joke. Actually, they might was well have been telling me to whiten up. Joke or not, it was disrespectful and I felt it was right that the TV presenter was asked to apologise. I feel, that until cultures that are not predominantly European are treated as Taonga treasures by the majority, there will never be quality. Pretty great way to ensure that the profits go to the indiginous people and not souvanir companies.
I liked the bingo card idea, I also unfortunately honestly appreciate the fact that my art appropriates the native culture that I grew up with. While my whiteness is a burden, the native american in me moves me toward the center.
They symbolize their sacredness to others using unrestricted totemic shape u forms. By your criteria I am behaving badly.
Its a family tradition I drew the the story of the Most Great Name…. The iron in your back bone is unavoidable, I am wrong. I still love my pieces of art and relate to their message with each atom of my being.
Respect for the culture I choose to imitate should have been enough to stop me when I painted them…I did not feel disrespectful, I made every effort to maintain tradition……. Devaluing my art because of my race seems racist,… unity is more important than what ever I think I might feel. So now I must destroy the paintings that convey the message human survival depends upon,as an act of purposeful racism to promote the unity that the paintings speak of…..? I think that I will allow them to quietly melt back into the forest…like tradition requires.
The spirit of what you communicate can and will be affected by the spirit and power of the idea that you emulate. Better I think to figure out who you really are, and speak with that voice……when we are young we speak with many voices until we find our own…. Have you ever considered asking the people whose symbols you are appropriating as to whether they think your art is disrespectful? That would be a lot more straightforward than whirling around the edges of the question to little purpose.
I did ask, most people agreed that there was no harm done, some thought that it was good to have ANYONE using this art form. That was 30 years ago, opinions have undoubtedly changed. My behavior has changed. I was comfortable with it before, now I am not. A different kind of respect for the cultural heritage of the people is necessary today,.
You should ply your trade. By your logic you should not even be preparing food while using traditional recipes. I think the message the ancestors are sending is survive long enough to breed and remember us and the source..
Individuals and communities must strike these balances.. I find this an interesting discussion. At first, my father was concerned it would be seen as appropriation. I think if people took that approach with things it would be better. However, wearing something that is sacred or ritual is different. I like how you attempt to find a way to relate this to something western people would more likely grasp. Of course many are going to throw out comments about how they are free to do whatever they want which is true in the United States.
I have the right to say that all people in Dallas, Texas are short, ugly and full of horse manure for brains. Well thought out piece. Misrepresentation here breaks a fundamental trust in society, perhaps even imperiling human life, as membership in that group requires a certain level of knowledge and skill that that person does not have.
Cultural symbols, used quite clearly as aesthetic devices, do not signal to society that same sort of achievement. This is the key distinction. There is surely no art in that. Instruct others that the use of appropriated and important cultural symbols by non-community members ultimately dilute their meaning to the people who those symbols matter to most.
Through great educational sites like this, I wager that people will respond. I thought I made that clear actually. Just because non-Natives do not understand what achievements are signaled by the wearing of the headdress in the cultures from whence the headdress originated, does not mean those signals are lacking. It continues to have meaning in our cultures, and that is what we are trying to explain to the people using them.
Good point but it loses what small significance it carries in situations concerning those who have no direct dealings with people who could be affected by this scenario and thus brings you back to square one.. Anyway I think you are tossing the racist card around all too easily. If we limit our measure of respect to cultural identity then those people who are separated intellectually from any culture we expect from them, then a whole lot of people would be considered worth less than animals..
I think across the board people realize the more feathers in the dress the more respect the person commanded, Its pretty obvious. Even Peacocks use this formula. Your comment on that would be akin to claiming a beret looks pretty much the same as a tiara.
I never knew that wearing the war bonnet carried such significance and the degree of ritual around when and to who it could be awarded to. Allow me to add this single wonderful thread to the tapestry of thought here: It is heartwarming to see kids of all cultures participating in a Pow Wow like this. For many of us here in Winnipeg, the incorporation of ceremonies at the institutional level has been long, long overdue. Your analogy comparing wearing an unearned medal of honor to casually wearing a headdress is excellent!
Thank you for writing an informative article! It is clearly mocking Rosie the Riveter. How could you be so insensitive? Not so much outside of your jurisdiction. The general design is certainly not patentable or copyrightable. Perhaps if you contact Washington you can get some laws drafted making it a criminal offense for impersonating an officer of your war party.
Good luck with that…not so much. Anglo commonlaw is not at all what is being appealed to here, nor is it any sort of authority to be invoked, making the entirety of this post a complete red herring. I absolutely love this article, and I think your comparison of restricted symbols to military medals was a brilliant example and spot on. My grandfather was both half-cherokee and a purple heart awarded veteran, and spent his whole life answering questions and getting annoyed with people who disrespected him for his race and for his accomplishments.
So many people just want to toss any symbol on themselves in an effort to impress, without observing the significance and context. It was maturing up and realizing that I was raised whiter than miracle whip that I opened my eyes and started noticing all the problematic stuff I did and still have to catch myself on as I see it. Again, great article and writing. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the matter!
It was well worth the read. What if you create a fantasy version of a headdress that is wildly colored, oversized, shaped very differently, etc? If it very obviously is very different from traditional headdresses to the point of simply becoming a wacky feathered headpiece is this offensive to wear?
Should we never wear feathers in our hair or on our heads in any configuration? So, I guess there is no harm in asking questions. There is no need for that. Where is the offense in saying it is inspired? First Nations are mostly the ones who use these styles.
Art can be inspired and noted as such without specifically labeling it as being from a particular nation when it is not.
It would seem odd to me, to create a fantasy piece that is clearly inspired by a native headdress and then not say that it was inspired by that. People speak of their inspirations out of a desire to be honest and communicate what is it they are moved by and are passionate about.
Your not going to stop people from wearing their own or inherited headdress. Its just not gonna happen. Its better for you to realize that most people are not doing it out of disrespect Of course we each define disrespect in our own terms. If it belongs to anyone at all, it belongs to humanity and posterity. You appropriate the cultural ideas from your ancestors the values they passed on to you are upheld by whoever they entrusted with the knowledge.
The material used to make the emblem is almost nothing. The feathers as such where more useful to the bird that grew them than to any person wearing them as such. The ideas the feathers represent are the culture. Such legacies are passed down from generation to generation and each previous one decides who is the guardian from the next generation of cultural symbolism..
In your own words you state that different tribal groups honored members with feathers for different reasons.
Obviously they are their own authority on who gets to wear them and to what significance. Generally nobody complains about this and even fewer know the original origins of such things. In the case of plains native headdress at least most people have some vague idea of where it comes from if not who first started doing it..
It belongs to humanity, its heirs you or else it belongs to no one at all. SO if someone owns their own headdress that looks kind of native for intellectual purposes you might get the picture that what that person does with it determines if it is being abused or appropriated on a social or -more urgently- on a criminal level. Nor does it compare to a person wearing a fake badge or even a real one that they own to a festival or costume party they would have to be actively doing something to indicate impersonating an officer to get brought up on charges.
If your council is actively using them to denote affiliation and rank then the wisest thing to do is make something unique and difficult to imitate on the dress, so that no imposter could make their way through to your inner circles without being arrested. Just know that in the outside world it is increasingly difficult to make laws that rely too heavily on deciding who belongs to what ethnic heritage. Just a tip, but if you want people to bother with reading what you write, paragraphs are your friend.
I think this article is fantastic, and I think your tone in the comments is entirely justified. There is a whole universe of art and creativity out there to be inspired by without having to appropriate sacred objects from a culture that has already suffered quite enough, thank you very much. From your perspective, is adornment with feathers generally frowned upon, or is it specifically replicas very similar in form to, say, Plains Indian headdresses or any other headdresses of Native people?
I would hope that versions like these that are unique creations and not borrowed from sacred configurations of symbols would be ok — certainly, it would be great to be able to point people towards adornments that were beautiful and could inspire them to do something unique that would bring some beauty and art into the world without misappropriating something sacred.
Thank you for clarifying this. I make head pieces that are similar to these shown in the links, and I was really concerned when I first read this article. I really appreciate that, although it is not your job to educate us, you took the time to write not only the article, but to respond to almost every one of the comments.
The blogger here explained how it is a denotation of prestige and even rank in that society. Or is their a deeper more specific significance of the headdress in the religious systems of the plains culture. Its not unheard of that a process itself becomes nearly if not more sacred than the produced vintage similar to the tea ceremony in asian societies.. Could that be what is happening here?
A misunderstanding about the sacrament that is being appropriated? That might be the difference for alot of people in understanding why you are so upset. Who cares if it is understood within a western context? It does not come from a western context. If you insist that everything must fit into western paradigms, which is precisely what colonial governments have done by the way, then you are perpetuating colonialism. When we tell you that it is a restricted item within our nations, so that only very few of us can even wear it, and we emphasize that it upsets us deeply when non-Indigenous peoples wear this item, that should be enough.
Unless you completely lack respect. If you want to actually learn more, within the culture then you will have to try harder than trawling a few internet sites, and you cannot do it by insisting everything be on your terms. Apologies for another privilege-filled, still-not-quite-getting-it response, but I found your article very helpful in trying to understand the boundaries of cultural appropriation. Ok here I have to disagree. Above you were ok with someone saying a headdress is ok as long as it is not saying it is Native American or such but now tribal is a bad word as well?
In the very link Hannah posted, there are feathers, a golden rose and a leather band. Neither the individual elements or the piece as a whole says indian, native american, First Nation, whichever label you care to use.
Are you just calling it out because of the feathers and tribal are used together? As there should be, no dispute there. But tribal could mean any number of people, clans or cultures from anywhere around the world. Also it is being used as an adjective and any sane person would see it is not a real Native American headdress. I am disputing only that specific link. I would probably agree that some of the other pieces in that store cross a very gray line. The bottom line is….. I just noticed signing into Playstation Home Sodium is selling rave wear that appropriates Indian headdresses.
I will not be getting anything that would offend your culture tattooed onto myself especially something that is so sacred. I understand that it is a tradition that should not be changed or moulded to fit into a ever changing world where people recreate cultural things and try and change their meaning to fit their own agendas. Hope my ramble makes sense! I read your blog with great interest. I did not read all the comments, so you may have answered this. In some of their ceremonies Indian dress is used.
Only Vigil members are allowed to wear a double trailer. I am interested to read your opinion about the IS. Thank you for the opportunity to read your well written explanation of these offensive behaviors.
It can be difficult to see through the blinding light of privilege but it is possible. Keep up the good work.
I am writing an article on appropriation to art educators. I want to get information out there on how to be respectful when using appropriation properly as a teaching method. I feel it is important because we work directly with influential youth, so what we do as educators is important. May I use you as a reference?
If so, how would I cite you? Would I use the name of your page or your name? The topic may change. But in the meantime, I am looking for some authentic points of view in case this topic is approved.
Generally when you cite your sources, you refer to the url, the name of the blog, and the author yes. Are they considered the same way by all the nations? There are a very limited number of nations that use a Plains style headdress, and yes there are variations in styles. All of them within the Plains nations are restricted symbols that must be earned.
I am African, have lived in different European countries and Canada for more than 2 decades and one thing is sure: You say something culturally offensive to me? Really, what do you learn in your history classes? I never should have read the comments.
It happened to me. Other half of my family is British. My great-grandfather was full blood and he loved the fact the Indians were portrayed so often in mainstream media and with sporting team names. I think headdresses are beautiful. If you want to wear one, wear it. If you want to learn about our tribe and be a part of it, please do. But yes please be respectful. I used to work for Cherokee Nation. Indian tribes tend to turn the other way once they get a paycheck.
Seminoles got a payout. I mean Native American communities. That will solve all of our problems! Indian bureaucracies are more corrupt than boxing and the World Cup put together.
You want to talk about discrimination? How often has this happened? A tribe builds housing because liberals are screaming for assistance to communities.
Tribe gets a huge kickback from the Indian-owned contractor when they over-inflate the estimate they give the United States government for the grant. Or how about all the people including veterans denied membership to tribes who need the assistance? Tribe finds out and revokes tribal license because farmer refused to give tribe a cut.
I could go on. As a Cherokee, you have zero right to be giving permission to anyone to wear a headdress that does not come from your culture. You have fallen into the delicious fallacy of believing that if someone speaks about cultural appropriation, they can only forever more focus on that one issue to the exclusion of all others. You equate the headdress to the Medal of Honor. Are these headdresses earned today?
Is it a travesty to see old uniforms or replicas of medals that people died in and earned in combat on an actor in a movie or play? Were you pissed when 50 Cent wore a Marine uniform with medals? How many soldiers and veterans wear these uniforms today and die daily? How many with headdresses? What if a photographer researches and learns the history and sets up an exhibit at your local library that captures beautiful photos of people in headdresses to honor its history and beauty?
Are you going to inquire and complain if those models earned it? I would assume you would. And due to the controversy they cancel the exhibit. In your mind, I would also assume you would. We were and are just people. Everyone has a history. Everyone has a tradition. BTW, on another insensitive white people note. We should demand Oklahoma change its name. The purpose of the examples given, was to provide some cultural context that could be understood hopefully by non-Indigenous peoples, so a sense of the importance of this symbol could be conveyed.
And yes, they are still earned why are you talking about this when you clearly know nothing of the subject? You must really be living under a rock if you are not aware of the huge backlash against Fallon the junior and her escapades in the headdress. And once again, you have no right at all to give anyone permission to wear a restricted item that does not come from your culture.
Thus invoking your heritage is a moot point here. Completely irrelevant to the discussion. As an educator, I very clearly explained the tradition, and I do not leave it up to you, or anyone else to decide what they want to to do with it. You are free to wear the headdress, and I am free to tell you it is disrespectful.
You can now cease attempting to post here, as you add nothing to the conversation, and have raised no points of interest whatsoever.
Or next time you attend a pow wow try Carnegie or Lawton ask the members of the Honor Guard about the connection between returning home from Iraq and being given a feather. This is so informative, thanks a mil. I just bought two gorgeous headdresses this evening at a festival. I wish I could post pics of me in them!!! I have a few questions and please be gentle with me, I am not trying to upset you, I am just trying to inform myself better on the subject.
What are the specifics to receiving a headdress? How long does it take to receive one and what do you have to do to receive one exactly this is very vague everywhere I look? And, would she need to prove herself more than a man? Or have to marry a chief or something? Is a headdress like being given the title of King? Can a headdress be passed down or shared and worn by family members and friends of the Native community?
Or does that headdress stay with its owner and goes to the grave with that person? Who can make a headdress? It that also exclusive to elders etc. Can a headdress be sold and purchased? Would someone Non-Native who was willing to emirs themselves in your customs and culture ever be able to receive one?
Or would that only be able to happen if a Non-Native married into the family? Does it ever worry you that keeping the headdress so exclusive will make it extinct? Thank you so much for your time and once again please be kind. I am just curious. Honestly, this is asking a lot. You want a lot of cultural details, but offer nothing in return for the time, labour and knowledge the answers require.
I understand your curiosity, but I have not put myself out there as someone willing to provide this education. Karma will deal with you in every way!!!! Providing you with this time-consuming, specialised knowledge for free does nothing for my community, and in no way benefits me, or my people. It is a measure of your privilege that you believe you are entitled to this kind of education at request, any denial of which results in you acting like a complete asshat.
I want a lot of cultural details because I am trying to understand the headdress and your culture in depth like it originally seemed you wanted by posting this. The people who agree with you get answers and respect.
The people that disagree or ask questions are met with your ridicule, childish insults or just plain nothing. You are a woman…….. What do you know? Consider educating yourself before you start a forum. And consider both sides of the story and not just your own. I have lost a lot of respect for you and your culture over this and all I wanted was to know more.
You will never be free unless you live freedom for all. And, right now all you are doing is continuing to repress yourself and your people!! You have no side to the story to consider…you are not a part of my culture, and your opinions on my culture are irrelevant.
You have presented yourself as a self-entitled fool who demands I provide you with my time, energy and cultural knowledge for free. You then had a tantrum when I pointed out that what you are asking is inappropriate. You will not get another opportunity to whine here, have fun with your shitty attitude and your racist Settler privilege!
And you are posting from Edmonton, Alberta. Cripes, you are in the middle of Cree territory and you are too lazy to do any work at all to find answers to your questions including how to follow proper protocol? Let me try to provide some information…many different Native groups use feathers; however very few created the type of head wear that is seen in Hollywood movies. For example a Lakota bonnet flows onto the shoulders, while a Blackfoot style is more straight up…many other native men wore their earned feathers quite differently.
Feathers were historically awarded by his military society and he was recognized as eligible to wear them feathers were also attached to weapons, horses, shields etc. Most of the s pre-Reservation period items weapons, clothing, personal protection were buried with their owner, although a family member could inherit the right to remake items using designs, colors etc.
Some families sold them to museums such as the Smithsonian around Men stopped receiving war honors as the warrior societies were disbanded by Reservation Government Agents, but revived again when guys came home from WW1 and WW2.
Modern versions are worn by men mostly respected military veterans today, although other family members may receive an eagle feather gift upon graduating from school or as part of dance regalia. However in the US only enrolled tribal members may legally own migratory bird feather by federal law. Can non-native people receive them? Yes, you can buy cheap versions made with painted feathers. Sadly, even some native people have accepted that culture is cheaply sold to anyone with a fat wallet.
But to other native people, culture is a rich source of pride and should be carefully protected. You have asked good questions and hopefully you are now learning that culture is a complex matter. You will always get a mix of opinions, but the sentiment that most of us have today is that culture and people should be respected. We encourage you to embrace your own background…if you are of European heritage, learn about your ancestors and their traditions.
I admire your work and I support your efforts to educate on behalf of Aboriginal peoples, including the classes to keep the Cree language alive. I respect your intelligence and experience. I want you to know this upfront because I do support advising people, repeatedly if required, about cultural norms, but I think I feel a little differently than you about some of the details of this issue.
As a Metis woman, I have been thinking about the issue and idea of cultural appropriation a great deal. I can see from these comments, it appears there are people who are very interested in baiting you for a fight.
These are the ignorant ones I refer to in my own piece that I put up after the Pharrell headdress photo for Elle magazine. I have had my own discussions with such over the term redskin and my own childhood experiences with that slur. However, I would like to get your opinion on my opinion I guess, because I enjoy any opportunity to keep learning, and I said, because I do respect your walk this far. I am not as educated as you and I am more plain-spoken, but I hope you will understand my view.
I will post my link here to take you to my piece, which of course, you can delete without any ill feeling from me. Well, that was embarrassing — my eyesight, is not so great at times and I copied the wrong link to my comment. This is the link to my opinion piece.
Thanks for the link, for the understanding about baiters, and for the additional point of view! Okay, I was completely unaware of all of that. Thanks for creating a post which explains so clearly why it would be wrong for me to wear one of these headdresses. Do you know of any resource, or can you suggest some search terms, that might point me in the right direction for starting some research?
This is why I read your blog regularly and send as many people here as possible. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. I have always disliked that certain things are reserved for men and certain things for women.. Ancestral or not like genital mutilation I find these ideas not permissible in the universal ethos of enlightened thinking. I wear pants, traditionally a mans outfit.
I studied Haida for a year, I studied fashion and symbolism for a semester.. I think out global identity is up for a revisit and edit.. I think the head dress is similar to the floral garland, what ancient polish pagans gave to virginal girls not a case of earning it but a case of status and I think a girls virginty is no ones business but her own..
Are the things the headdress represents values that still hold up? Because if you ask me, the fact that only a man can wear it is problematic. I have addressed this straw an argument, based on total ignorance of our cultures before.
In fact, we were centuries ahead of you in the gender equality department. There are of course a great diversity of socio-political traditions in our various nations, but one thing comes through loud and clear…our women held positions of power. Not merely over hearth and home, but politically as well. In some nations, women run the roost, and this without denigrating or subjugating men in case you were worried.
Centuries of racist and sexist interference by European powers has taken its toll. We do indeed face sexism in our communities, to an extent unthinkable before Contact. It is sadly the case that the oppressed often internalise their oppressor, and the oppressor for us has always been racist, and sexist. To combat this, we look to our traditions, which are egalitarian. Where men and women are respected and venerated. We do not fumble towards equality as sameness, as so many settler feminists insist we should in our context only, as they often recognise this is a ridiculous approach otherwise.
We acknowledge different gender roles, and recognise that the female is not subservient in our cultures. But your history is not ours.
Our history speaks proudly of the strength of our women and our men. Gender roles were not created in our societies to elevate men and turn women into chattel. You settler women have much to overcome.
Your history is fraught with inequality and abuses. I am sorry that you come from such twisted traditions. Do not attempt to transplant your historical circumstances into our Nations. You have no idea what the headdress means in our cultures. Colonisers always believe they have the right to define reality, particularly for those they have colonised. What kind of feminist are you, when you take part in these inequalities of power, and proclaim for us the meaning of our own symbols and traditions?
Its always difficult to explain things across cultural lines…what may or may not be allowed in Polish society is quite different that what is appropriate in Kiowa, Caddo, Pawnee, Osage, Lakota or any of the hundreds of Native American and Canadian aboriginal societies. Bonnets were worn by men as symbols of sacrifice, commitment and honor…women were respected and rewarded for other tasks in other ways. Today many Native women serve n the US military and receive eagle feathers when they come home…but they would not wear a large bonnet very few people actually do, mostly older men.
Its not just a matter of simple gender expression…its part of a historical tradition. Many Europeans and Euro-Americans express frustration that Native people want to hang on to traditions. Time to go cut holes in some bed sheets, bro. Names like ranger, scout, rookie, champ, chief, etc. Thanks ahead for your honest response. I was wondering if this might also be seen as disrespectful…. I really enjoyed this publication. It cleared up a lot of questions that I had; however I still would like something clarified.
I will then add various natural object symbols, such as butterfly wings, flowers, tree branches, leaves, seeds, and feathers. My only concern with all of this is the feathers. I plan on using different types, including peacock and pheasant, in the headdress.
This is not just a piece of art for me. The design and thought that has gone into this has stemmed from a personal, spiritual experience I had earlier this year. The headdress is meant to be a beautiful expression of my personal spirituality; however, the last thing that I want to do is disrespect the native peoples of the land that I now call home. The natives embraced sexuality and equitable gender roles, lived sustainably with respect for the land and ecosystem, and also had deep understanding and reverence for the forces that shape our existence.
I try to live in a similar fashion to the native peoples; however, I understand that culture is not something to be recreated, boxed up, and sold to whoever will pay money for it.
I personally do not believe my headdress to be disrespectful, but I would appreciate some clarification on your end. Thank you for your time! Would an art style from a specific tribe be considered a type of restriction? For example, I love Tsimshian art, and I want to create something in that style. Would this be disrespectful? It depends on whether the symbols you wish to use are restricted or not.
As a purchaser or admirer of art, I would also like it made clear whether a piece done in an Indigenous style was done by an Indigenous person or not, so that is another consideration. No one is denigrating anyone. No one is being racist. These are not real headdresses. They are not even replicas. They are simply something that is modelled on something worn by some people.
You are the racist. You are the one denigrating people. Gosh, thank you so much for clearing that up for me! If only you had posted this clarification years ago so I could have avoided ever worrying about it or analysing the ways in which these kinds of misappropriations are actively harmful!
Hah, I love the settlers comment. Get over your butthurt sense of entitlement and realize that cultures have risen and fallen by the thousands since the dawn of man. This has happened all over the world, throughout history. I came across your piece as an effort to educate myself more about headdresses.
My grandfather was a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians as well as a decorated Korean war veteran he has earned multiple purple hearts. Even through loosing his leg and two fingers He was employed for 38 years as a train foreman for Consolidated Rail Corp con rail and the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. He also was a game warden of 8 years for the Seneca Nation. He was such an unbelievably wonderful man. I wholly admire his strength, accomplishments and the astounding man he was.
Unfortunately I was raised white as can be by an ignorant and disgraceful person. Although certain asshats lol word I frequently use and love may not realize it. I agree with you that certain people feel a sense of entitlement and feel as though they do not need to respect other cultures. It clearly shows with all of the disgusting comments.
It is pure disrespect reading the blog, choosing to ignore it and attempting to continue to push. Then hide behind the pathetic excuse of being uneducated! What is so hard? Not knowing that women are held in the highest regard. I apologize that you had to deal with all of this b.
When you were taking your time, just trying to do them a favor! Being uneducated is one thing but ignorance is a whole other.
People commenting on the authors blog need to stop acting like she is being disrespectful!!! You are the ones that are disrespectful hypocrites and deserve every bit of backlash you get! Respect is earned not given! Once again I thank you very much for your valiant effort, you have my admiration.
Good luck in all that comes your way in the future. And all the best to you in your future endeavors. When a Native American wears a headdress, it is a sign that they have earned the right to wear it. I respect your right to tell me this is so, without qualification, and thank you for making this clear.
I have zero tolerance for anyone wearing a Plains headdress they have not earned. I have that knowledge of its meaning and its restricted nature as someone from a Plains culture. This does not mean all non-Plains headdresses are up for grabs. Just go on and try to tell anyone that you have the right to wear a gustoweh without permission and see where that gets you.
Instead of spending so much time and energy defending shitty choices, and disrespectful actions and searching for loopholes, people would be a lot better off it they just asked…and accepted the answer. Okay, but who do you ask for permission? Where I don;t share your sentiments with regard to my own culture, I get where you are coming from and I respect that these are your boundaries.
But, the solution to this seems to be multi-directional. I understand that, but it becomes more complicated when you say that anything that looks similar is also restricted.
Are you familiar with semiotics as a way of reading symbols and images? I think this seems to be what people are stumbling on if that makes sense. Sorry to bust your bubble Mr. Irish guy but after traveling and meeting many native born Irishmen and women, the general consensus amongst them is that they highly resent many Americans claiming Irish heritage but having no knowledge of Ireland besides being on an Island off the continent of mainland Europe.
They all are sensitive to different things, they all use and keep and throw away different things. Sometimes within our own homes. Sorry to bust your bubble, Danny Boy. Ban the sale of Native American-style headdresses on site from My position is that until you know whether a symbol that originates in another culture is restricted, or not restricted, then you refrain from using it.
I am not speaking for other cultures, but I am absolutely stating a bright line rule that is much more likely to ensure respectful cultural sharing than not. How do people automatically assume negativity instead of appreciating everything.
What is important to us is the right to exercise our right to freedom of expression. Regardless of concepts of respect, sensibilities and sensitivities.
It is inconceivable to us that anyone could object to us exercising our rights to wear what to us is a mere fashion accessory. And believe you me, your cultural symbols, hell no, your culture is nothing more to us than a theme, an influence, a style, a fashion accessory that can be bought and sold and at any point convenient to us will be tossed into the nearest rubbish bin trash can.
In fact mostly optional, and definitely an expression of individual preference. Your culture seems to set great store in respect. Or in something that the closest equivalent in our culture would be described as respect. And within living memory. This stream of comments is so disappointing and tiresome. Kudos to you Chelsea, for continuing to respond and educate. I struggle to deal with my issues around privilege, and I am fortunate to have intelligent and patient friends who are willing to set me straight when I slip back into my comfortable status… Because privilege is a comfortable status… That needs to be challenged and dismantled whenever it is invoked.
Yes, getting to grips with cultural appropriation, is challenging… Especially from the settler perspective where appropriation of every culture we have subjugated has been normalized through our education system, biased retelling of history, and the spread of western culture…. But it is necessary. It is necessary to hear what people are actually saying when they point out that the name of a sports team is thoughtlessly racist, or wearing traditional, or traditionally-inspired First Nations clothing, head-dresses, or jewelry is insulting.
Some aspects of culture are shared and similar, and some are different. The Nations here are at different stages of reclaiming many aspects of their culture. They are relearning songs and writing new ones, relearning dances and creating new ones, and engaging in discussions about what is traditional and what is not. It has been fascinating and enlightening to witness the conversation as the First Nations people here strive to identify and separate their unique cultural elements from the homogenous Native American catch-all fake culture that settler society has burdened them with.
Tlingit culture here has a tradition of vibrant, colourful button blankets. I adore these blankets, and would love to own one. Seeing one being created at a gathering, I asked about it, about the cultural significance of the blanket, and the symbols used. I discovered that they are often created specially to honour a person and gifted at gatherings and ceremonies, they carry significance for that person, the First Nation, or clan that is gifting or receiving.
Most importantly I learned that these blankets are not commodities, mass produced for general consumption. As such, I continue to admire them, but no longer covet them. Perhaps one day I might be worthy of receiving one as a gift, but I am not seeking a caveat or loophole by which I can obtain one.
I love watching the many First Nations dance groups that have reestablished themselves here. I love their traditional dress. I love their music. But I do not seek to wear it myself, I do not seek to force myself into their celebration. I have a very hard time understanding some one who would not feel similarly.
One horrifying and haunting image, among many, from archival film of residential schools in Yukon that has stayed with me, is of First Nations children, dressed in white shirts and black pants, with their hair cut short, all very docile and obedient….
Taking the individual cultures and cultural links these children were clinging to and forcibly replacing them with stereotypes perpetuated in movies and pulp novels. It is sad, chilling, and wrong. We must not continue to perpetuate such ignorance. We must be better that this.
It was not that long ago, less than 20 yrs, that the last residential school closed in Canada. Healing is needed on both sides. It is up to you to seek out that info yourself. I am by no means perfect. I come face to face with my prejudice and my privilege every day, but I strive to be better.
I can totally identify with a lot of what you both are saying. It appears to be a lengthy and involved process, which is a very good thing, I think. I thanked them,and they wrote back saying that they were removing the ones they had from sale. I believe people who do the right thing should be supported.
I would like to make it by hand using real feathers that I find. If I put a message talking about the controversy surrounding this and others and my views would it be ok? GCSE not so I can mock you and your culture.
I could care less about your art piece. Seeing it would not help. You have decided that your opinion on the matter supersedes the opinion of the people you claim to honour. Basically THE definition of White privilege, rooted in racist beliefs in your own superiority over the opinions of people from the culture you wish to exploit. Which begs the question, why pretend to give a shit in the first place? Thank you for having more respect for those of us murdered by the state, than for those of us still alive.
What you could still do would be to make the submission for your GCSE the destruction of the headdress you made. Maybe read a bit wider on colonialism, orientalism, speak to your school or local librarian for suggestions. At the same time being the age you are is a difficult time and learning how to deal with having been wrong is hard.
What you said was very rude and offensive, however you meant it. You received a judgement that feels horrible because your refusal to listen to an unwelcome response, was horrible. To be a better person, go for redemption, not blustering refusal to admit fault.
Choose not to perpetuate oppression and to make the word better. I was privileged to be the guest of Lakota people for three months. Their cultural experience of white people like me was that we lied and lied and cheated and stole and lied some more.
Nevertheless, they received me with courtesy, graciousness and generosity. I have no idea of the ethnicity of the people writing negative comments. Especially since most of them are black and face entirely different kinds of prejudices compared to Asians.
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