Tumblr has been absolutely crucial in helping me recognize and rectify all sorts of ugly bigotry I didn’t know I had.
Tumblr has actually taught me a lot about a lot of things I didn’t know when it comes to sociology, and -isms in our society. I’ve learned a lot more about how people feel about appropriation, about what it is and isn’t, and how it affects lots of different people.
Honestly? In a lot of ways, Tumblr has done more for my education than my undergrad did.
it made me a better person and a better artist
I’ve learned a lot from Tumblr, a portion of which has to do with cultural appropriation. Y’all have taught me so much that I would never have known otherwise. I appreciate it.
izzy-simpson replied to your post: This is a reply to your stupid comment on my picture:
lol what. i love that excuse that because they have “a little bit” of something in them, it gives them an excuse to dress as racist caricatures.telling people to delete their tumblr and “fuck you” are not proper validations to excuse their behavoir.
Some assholes will make up any old excuse to justify their behavior, sadly.
Hell, I’m part Chinese, but you wouldn’t see me dressing up as a goddamn “Sexy dragon lady” or a box of fucking takeout. And being part Cherokee, I know better than to even bother with this “Sexy Indian princess” bullshit. People who really embrace and respect their heritage don’t fucking shit all over it.
And yeah, that’s just typical hipster BS. Like having someone tell them to delete their Tumblr is the worst thing that could happen to them.
I don’t understand why you think I’m “making fun” of native american culture because I dressed up as one for Halloween. If anything, it’s a damn compliment- learn how to take one! You need to get the stick out of your ass & not be so fucking sensitive. I actually have a little bit of native american in me, so why would I make fun of it? That’s stupid. Your an ignorant being if you can jump to those kinds of assumptions. So you might as well delete this tumblr because all your doing is hating on something that isn’t even an issue. Get your facts straight. FUCK YOU & goodbye(:
Dia De Los Muertos Is Not Your Halloween by Nuestra Hermana
As we all know, Halloween in America is right around the corner. Kids & adults alike will be dressed up in costumes, consuming candy, attending parties, navigating through haunted houses and thoroughly enjoying their night. Think about your last Halloween and look at the images above.
These are still shots of Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, California & Arizona. They are small snippets of a vibrant, important and REAL holiday for Latin@s. This is not your Halloween.
Dia De Los Muertos developed out of over 2,500 years of indigenous ritual celebrating death and paying respects to loved ones who have passed away. Scholars state that the Aztecs originally held a month long festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the ruler of the afterlife.
After Spanish colonization and many attempts to eradicate the rituals & festival, a new merging with the Catholic holidays All Souls Day & All Saints Day developed over time to what is now Dia De Los Muertos.
Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated November 1st & 2nd (in alignment with All Saints Day & All Souls Day respectively). It is NOT celebrated on October 31st, it is not tied in with Halloween in America at all.
In Mexico, November 1st is dedicated as Dia De Los Inocentes, a day to honor and respect the innocents, children & infants to be more specific. November 2nd is Dia De Los Muertos, the day to honor deceased adults.
On these days, altars are made in honor of them. People build them on their loved ones graves, at home or anywhere they find rightful to honor their loved ones. They make ofrendas (offerings) to the dead of their favorite foods, toys (for children), pictures, pan de muertos, sugar skulls and many other things that help guide the spirits of the dead safely to the altars. Marigolds, known as the flowers of the dead, are usually prominent in the altars.
In Mexico, many people sleep overnight at the graves. Every ritual & altar is not the same everywhere. Many places have their own traditions and ways of honoring the dead. One thing is for sure, Dia De Los Muertos is not Halloween. It is a sacred time and holiday for Latin@s everywhere.
So, when you’re dressing up for Halloween remember: doing this, this, this or this is not only disrespectful but it is also a erasure of someone’s real life culture. Think before you walk out of that door.
Also, remember that it’s not only Native American “costumes” that are racist!
I was thinking about printing out cards saying why a costume is racist, and giving those out to all the “Mystic Geisha” “Indian princesses” that I come across. Or just making jokes about how terribly racist some costumes are just a ways away from the person wearing it.
Though the spraypaint might come in handy for the more stubborn ones!
My amazing traditional gypsy on my left calf. Took 6 hours of pain but I am in love with it!
Done by PriZeMaN @ Eternal Art, Chelmsford.
Wow, that is several flavors of cultural appropriation right there! The only way they could have possibly failed harder is if their tat had a war bonnet on, a bindi, and “African tribal print” clothing. O.O;
Shit like this is why I unfollowed FYTattoos. This is utter nonsense, y’all. And they post a fuckton of it!
So you’re a white person (probably a teenage girl) who likes Native American culture. Cool. Great. Want to show your respect for the culture? Nifty. Here is what you ABSOLUTELY DO NOT DO:
- Do not wear face paint. The only face paint worn by most tribes is war paint. War paint means you are going into battle. If you put paint on your face, you are planning to kill people.
- Do not wear headdresses. Same reason as listed above — these are also used in ceremonies.Other helpful tips:
- The term is “Native American,” not “Indian.” This is pretty important. Also, please learn how to properly pronounce names of tribes.
- Only buy Native American styled clothing, moccasins, accessories, blankets, etc from authentic Native American shops.That is, shops owned by an actual tribe member. Do not buy any Native American styled clothing from stores such as Urban Outfitters or any other large franchise company — they take sacred patterns and symbols and mass-produce them onto clothing with no credit nor respect paid to the tribes to which the art belongs.
Here is what you CAN do:
- Research about different tribes and areas. Learn as much accurate information as you can.
- Visit museums, meet Native people. Remember to be respectful as possible. Retain the information you learn.
- Educate others. Let them know why their actions aren’t okay.
- Donate to reservations in need.
That’s about all I can think of for now. If you’ve got anything to add, please reblog and add your thoughts.
Hopefully now you can go out into the world and be a little more of a decent human being.
this is a good post and you should feel good. <3
Also white people wearing headdresses desanctifies the tradition of who earns the right to wear one. The most commonly worn and appropriated version is the warbonnet made of eagle feathers. Eagle feathers are sacred, and bestowed upon you when you’ve done something honorable. Traditionally, only men wear headdresses. So don’t perpetuate the misrepresentation of indigenous plains folks and pan-indian culture. Just don’t.
Just for emphasis:
What’s being appropriated in *cultural appropriation* isn’t the things themselves — the images, stories, artefacts, themes, etc. — it’s the capacity of people of oppressed groups to determine the meaning, scope, usage, and future of those things. Cultural appropriation involves taking over peoples’ control over representations of themselves. Cultural appropriation is an attack on cultural autonomy and self-determination, backed up by historically constructed domination
I don’t understand how the same people who hate cultural appropriation can be fans of American cartoons that blatantly copy anime style.
Mod: it forms a sort of Sally Within a Sally too once you figure out that some of the most characteristic features of the anime artstyle were inspired by Disney. SALLYCEPTION.
what is this bullshittery LOL
Uumm… they aren’t even close to being the same thing. lol Anime is being sold to US audiences, and all of the things that are appropriation are not. Headdresses aren’t something that Native Americans let just anyone wear. Like Purple Hearts and things of that nature, they can only be earned by certain individuals.
TL;DR - Japanese companies sell anime to the US, and don’t mind people using it as inspiration. So it’s not appropriation.
Oh, OP. You so silly!
I heard somebody use the word “douchecanoe” the other day. I think I’ll use it here.
Take dat bonnet off, douchecanoe. You cannot has.
here’s another good reason to not wear headdresses as “fashion” accessories:
Why in the fuck are these people even wearing headdresses? They don’t even look good in ‘em. So fake.
seriously. they are appropriative bullshit.
wtf are spirit hoods, even?
SpiritHoods animal hats represent the bond we all share with each other and our primal natures. – FREE SHIPPING.
to add insult to injury it’s $150 for fake fur
To make matters worse too they are popular as fuck where I live. It’s disgusting. And when people find out I’m 1/8 Cherokee they ALWAYS ask now if I have a “real spirit hood” like. That’s not even a thing.
*rolls into Dis*
oh my god ‘thank you tribe for 40k likes’ barf barf
"Buy a spirit hood, help an animal"
HOW ABOUT “BURN A SPIRIT HOOD, HELP A NATIVE”? Or “Throw rocks at a pretendian, make the world a better place”?
These would be so much cuter if they weren’t racist as fuck.
I see you are confused about what constitutes cultural appropriation. I would like to provide you with resources and information on the subject so that you can better understand what our concerns are.
However, I also want you to have a brief summary of some of the more salient points so that you do not assume you are merely being called a racist, and so that I do not become frustrated with your defensive refusal to discuss the topic on those grounds.
If at all possible, I’d like you to read the statements on this BINGO card. If any of those have started whirling through your head, please lock them in a box while you read this article. They tend to interfere with the ability to have a respectful conversation.
- Some items are restricted items in specific cultures. Examples from Canada and the United States would be: military medals, Bachelor degrees (the actual parchment), and certain awards representing achievement in literary, musical or other fields.
- These items cannot be legitimately possessed or imitated by just anyone, as they represent achievements earned according to a specific criteria.
- Yes, some people will mock these symbols. However in order to do this, they have to understand what the symbols represent, and then purposefully desecrate or alter them in order to make a statement. They cannot then claim to be honouring the symbol.
- Some people will pretend to have earned these symbols, but there can be serious sanctions within a culture for doing this. For example, someone claiming to have earned a medical degree (using a fake parchment) can face criminal charges, because that ‘symbol’ gives them access to a specialised and restricted profession.
- Other items are non-restricted. Flags, most clothing, food etc. Accessing these things does not signal that you have reached some special achievement, and you are generally free to use these.
- If you do not use these items to mock, denigrate or perpetuate stereotypes about other people, then you can legitimately claim to be honouring those items.
HEADDRESSES IN NATIVE CULTURES
For the most part, headdresses are restricted items. In particular, the headdress worn by most non-natives imitate those worn by various Plains nations. These headdresses are further restricted within the cultures to men who have done certain things to earn them. It is very rare for women in Plains cultures to wear these headdresses, and their ability to do so is again quite restricted.
So unless you are a native male from a Plains nation who has earned a headdress, or you have been given permission to wear one (sort of like being presented with an honorary degree), then you will have a very difficult time making a case for how wearing one is anything other than disrespectful, now that you know these things. If you choose to be disrespectful, please do not be surprised when people are offended… regardless of why you think you are entitled to do this.
Even if you have ‘native friends’ or are part native yourself, individual choices to “not be offended” do not trump our collective rights as peoples to define our symbols.
TRY REAL CELEBRATION INSTEAD OF APPROPRIATION
It is okay to find our stuff beautiful, because it is. It is okay to admire our cultures. However I think it is reasonable to ask that if you admire a culture, you learn more about it. Particularly when the details are so much more fascinating than say, out-dated stereotypes of Pan-Indian culture.
You do not have to be an expert on our cultures to access aspects of them. If you aren’t sure about whether something is restricted or not, please ask someone who is from that culture. If people from within that culture tell you that what you are doing is disrespectful, dismissing their concerns because you just don’t agree, is not indicative of admiration.
If you really, really want to wear beaded moccasins or mukluks or buy beautiful native art, then please do! There are legitimate and unrestricted items crafted and sold by aboriginal peoples that we would be more than happy to see you with. Then all the nasty disrespectful stereotyping and denigration of restricted symbols can be avoided, while still allowing you to be decked out in beautiful native-created fashion.
If you are an artist who just loves working with aboriginal images, then please try to ensure your work is authentic and does not incorporate restricted symbols (or perpetuate stereotypes). For example, painting a non-native woman in a Plains culture warbonnet is just as disrespectful as wearing one of these headdresses in real life. Painting a picture from an archival or modern photo of a real native person in a warbonnet, or in regalia, or in ‘street’ clothes is pretty much fine. Acknowledging from which specific nation the images you are using come from is even better. “Native American” or “Indian” is such a vague label.
MIYO-WÎCÊHTOWIN, LIVING TOGETHER IN HARMONY
It’s okay to make mistakes. Maybe you had no idea about any of this stuff. The classiest thing you can do is admit you didn’t know, and maybe even apologise if you find you were doing something disrespectful. A simple acknowledgement of the situation is pure gold, in my opinion. It diffuses tension and makes people feel that they have been heard, respected, and understood.
If you make this kind of acknowledgement conditional on people informing you of these things ‘nicely’ however, that is problematic. The fact is, this issue does get people very upset. It’s okay to get heated about it too on your end and maybe bad words fly back and forth. My hope is that once you cool down, you will accept that you are not being asked to do something unreasonable.
Remember that BINGO card above? It demonstrates how not to go about the issue. You and I both know this issue is not the end of the world. But it is an obstacle on the path to mutual respect and understanding.
Thanks for listening.
A even longer version (ever sick!) of this article was originally posted on the author’s blog, âpihtawikosisân Questions? Comments?
CNN is having this poll right now, and the results are gross. Fix it?
Cultures, not costumes (or mascots).
CAN WE FIX IT?!!
TUMBLR POWERS, ACTIVATE!
As you can see, “yes” is still winning by large, large margin. We need to correct that. The poll is about halfway down on the right side of the page. C’mon people.
Get to it, peoples! Let’s give this poll a boot to the arse!
Florence Welch and Ben Mortimer at Paul Epworth studio recording the new album.
She’s just too cute.
:| florence welch is most def a hipster racist
UGH GODDAMN IT STOP IT FLORENCE
No surprise here, sadly enough. This is just embarrassing.