If you go to a music festival or just go outside on Halloween, there’s bound to be more than one racist costume. The people wearing them well defended by claiming that they’re honoring the culture, but they’re dead wrong. To the right there’s a picture of Eliza Doolittle at Coachella. She doesn’t look Native American, does she? I’m not sure any bird comes in that color. And also, the headdresses that Native Americans are so commonly depicted wearing at powwows have had every single bead infused with the prayer, and every single feather placed meticulously. And then there’s just this. A white girl playing dress up of a culture that isn’t her own.
Traditional headdresses cannot be mass-produced. as previously mentioned every single little thing on the headdresses has been blessed, and to take away that meaning and just turned into a fashion accessory isn’t right.
But don’t think that only Native Americans have their culture appropriated. look at you Miley Cyrus, with her dreadlocks, or White people wearing bindis and henna and being praised for being trendy, whilst people of color get made fun of for it. once you start looking for it, cultural appropriation is everywhere. You can’t change everyone’s mind, but you can try and make other people aware too. And maybe, that will be enough to start a revolution.
Check out these videos to hear from actual Native Americans.