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Christina Fallin: Native American Insult or Art?

    March 9, 2014
    Aleyia Dixon
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An Oklahoma news station tell us that Christina Fallin, the daughter of Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin, has recently come under fire for an Instagram picture that involves her wearing a Native American headdress. The almost-authentic looking red-and-white headdress was posted on Fallin’s band Facebook on Thursday with the caption “appropriate cultivation.”

It has since been taken down due to the uproar, but Fallin hasn’t backed down from the picture stating that she “feels a connection to the Native American culture.” She also posted a letter on Facebook stating:

“we feel that it would not be honest if we did not admit publicly that a woman in a headdress can be a very beautiful thing. You can keep your distance from something your whole life out of fear that you might taint it, or that it might taint you. Or you can embrace it and let it affect you. We chose to live our lives in the latter category.”

It seems as if Fallin and her band hold ideals that may not mesh with some, and that her status as a governor’s daughter may be causing more scrutiny that it would another indie band such as this one, for instance:

Still, No Doubt, a major pop band attempted the same thing to be shot down in earlier times. Native Americans, however, are seeming to become more active of the treatment of their culture, and are not letting it fly. The fact that many Native Americans have been misplaced in the state of Oklahoma may also add more insult to the injury. Wado, a writer for NativeAppropiations.com, states the reasoning behind the strong negative reactions:

But here’s the thing: my tribe is not there by chance or by choice, my tribe, and the vast majority of the other Natives peoples in Oklahoma, are there by force and by trauma. In 1830, the US government and Andrew Jackson passed something called the “Indian Removal Act,” which resulted in the removal of thousands and thousands of Native peoples from their homelands in the southeast. You know where those Native peoples were forced to march? Oklahoma. Though it was referred to as “Indian Territory” then. So all that “Native American culture” you’ve been able to come in contact with? It’s thanks to violence, colonialism, and genocidal policies. It’s not an innocent cultural exchange.

What do you think? Although musicians such as Afrika Bambaataa and others are known for wearing a Native American headdress for years with no criticism, do you feel as if the treatment of Christina Fallin is unfair?


Image via Oklahoma News on 6


  • ECarey

    We can not change the past and the damages and atrocities other cultures & explorers inflicted on the Native Indians or the African slaves. My ancestors came to this country long after both those (ugly) periods in this country’s history, however that doesn’t preclude me from having empathy and a desire to respect and understand those cultures. I can’t trace my ancestors back very far just yet (to Ireland, Germany, Russia) (and BTW, my grandfather was Jewish – so my ancestors suffered atrocities too). My Irish ancestors were assaulted and spit on and were refused employment when they came to this country, and had to fight for every opportunity. I would hope that anyone wearing the dress of another culture was doing it out of a respect and an appreciation of the beauty of that culture. When I was a child, we celebrated other cultures by dressing in the garb, eating the foods, studying them in school. It was called BROTHERHOOD week. I would wish that people would stop getting so upset from an act that may not be meant to be insulting. It would be different if she lit the headdress on fire, stomped on it, spit on it, etc. We need to celebrate BROTHERHOOD week more frequently, and ALL of us need to get over the past that we CAN NOT CHANGE, and strive to avoid any future atrocities to anyone of any ethnicity, race, religion, etc.

    • Sara Nelson

      The fact is while she might not have meant for it to be insulting, she is now informed that it is indeed insulting. Instead of apologizing and trying to understand why her actions hurt others, she wants to give excuses defending her actions. Native American’s are not saying we’re not sharing any of our culture, just the things that are sacred to us. What ever happened to being a decent human being and respecting sacred things that belong to others? I think the more important issue is why some Americans think that they are so privileged that they do not need to respect other cultures. What sacred items of your Jewish and Irish ancestors are being desecrated? I have not heard any tribal cries about the atrocities committed against them as a valid argument as to why this is wrong. It is wrong because the head dress is ceremonial and sacred and is not intended to be used this way.

      • hereinWA

        She knew it was improper when she titled it ‘cultural appropriation’, and since her mother has had many nasty run-ins with Natives, I don’t see how she couldn’t know. And the responses they’re giving on FB further show her disregard of the people she’s insulting.

  • CobbAST

    If you feel a connection with a Indian tribe then wear moccasins ,beads, earrings. Not a Bonnet meant for a Chief. The problem is with society is they don’t actually sit and think about what they are doing until after they have done it. ECarey, look at all the pictures this young lady has taken in the past, and I know for a fact that she attended school with some Indian classmates. Tecumseh is full of Indians from tribes that were forced by the government to move here. After doing so they too were subjected to meanness and forced not to speak their native tongue.. My Mother and her siblings were separated from their Grandpas, Grandmas, and siblings. Not able to see or hear from them for months some years. So to see a young woman whom says she has a connection with native Americans do something like this to me and I know there are a lot others not happy with this picture.. There are Tribes out there who to this day still follow traditional ways. such as not wearing our regalia out in public nor allowing our music to be recorded to this day. We do allow visitors to observe our traditional ways but no pictures or recordings while we are in regalia. And might I add also our Tribe is Federally recognized and we do so by Blood quantum not Lineage. So if you want to truly get close to a TRUE! Native American ask for their CDIB card [ Certified Degree of Indian Blood..] And if you want lineage then ask for their Tribal Card >>

    • ezbakeovenpwns .

      If you feel a connection you actually go talk to native people, you don’t act like a self righteous narcissistic self absorbed loser by wearing things you don’t understand? Just to have your picture taken.

      • ezbakeovenpwns .

        Just wants attention or to stir things up. Sounds like a liar with an agenda.

        • ezbakeovenpwns .

          I think she is childish and if she actually cared about making a difference she would actually go do something worth while.

        • Eleanor Jacobs

          She’s an entertainer. Attention is their livelihood. The more publicity this gets the further the reach of the video. The better the result for her.

  • me

    who cares they need to get over it

    • ezbakeovenpwns .

      Get over it? Easy for a white to say

      • Eleanor Jacobs

        yeah, lets assume all whites are the same and have had the same experience. (hmmm, now who looks racist?)

    • Guest

      It’s called Historical Trauma. You need to get a clue. Many of the parents and grandparents, aunts, and uncles alive today have experienced it.For them and their descendants it is very real and very hurtful; being taken away from their families to live in boarding schools, being told that their way of life is a savage life, and lets not forget forced sterilization without consent just to name a few of things people alive today have endured. This issue is about respecting another culture and their wishes. Has Americans become so privileged that being good and decent human beings is beneath them? What happened to equal rights for all? Learn about the culture, apologize in good faith, and grow from this experience. If we do not understand then what good is the paper that our Declaration of Independence was written on, good for? “We
      hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created EQUAL, that they
      are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these
      are life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    • hereinWA

      9/11 was YEARS ago. Get over it. Damned Jews, Auschwitz, Hitler? They need to get over it. Why is it no one expects that, but Natives need to ‘get over it’. Get over the bombing of Pearl Harbor. No? Our culture is still being decimated to this day, whites want us to be like them, though they’d never accept us anyway, the atrocities of ‘the past’ are still occurring, and we’re told to just ‘get over it’.

      • Eleanor Jacobs

        This person didn’t Bomb anyone. Kill anyone. Massacre anyone. She wore a head dress in a pop video.

        Doing something in poor taste is not a crime.

        Maplethorp, Madonna, Andrew Dice Clay, Lisa Lampsnelli
        Mand hundreds of other artists do things that are in poor taste. It’s not a crime. Not a cultural insult. Just a video. Just a moment in time.

  • Eleanor Jacobs

    We are a free country. Yet we are also it seems a country of complainers. She wore the headdress. She didn’t hurt anyone. Free country. She can do what she wants. Free country, people can complain. They complained. Sadly she apologized for acting as a person with personal freedoms in a (is this getting redundant) free country.

    • Sara Nelson

      That’s right, she is free to hurt others and desecrate sacred items. If there was a sincere apology without excuses, I missed it. What is more important freedoms or Equal rights? Sadly, there will be people who call those who seek justice for their culture, rights, and sacred practices; complainers.

      • Eleanor Jacobs

        how is wearing the clothing of a different culture desecrating sacred items? stop inferring malicious intent. don’t make an issue where there is none.

        i’m catholic, and artists have been using symbols that are spiritually important to me in art for centuries. big deal.

        i won’t do it, i won’t have the work in my home, but they have every right to express themselves as they see fit.

        she gave a half apology and in truth she should have stood her ground and issued no apology at all.

        • Sara Nelson

          Ma’am, I never inferred malicious intent. I would appreciate it if you do not put words in my mouth. Whether she intended malice or not, she was made aware that it was offensive and that should be enough. When a sacred item is used in a way that it is not intended desecration of that item occurs. There is a significant meaning to the Native culture behind the head dress. What is wrong with being a decent human being and respecting one’s sacred objects upon request? Just because you are okay with your religious symbols being used, does not mean that everyone should be okay with it too. It is okay that I have a different opinion than you. Respect for dissent and tolerance are some values that our country was founded on that have been lost in our country. Good day.

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            No need to get all self righteous and start throwing the Ma’ams around.

            Just because someone else finds it offensive does not mean she needs to cower and apologize. It is not a sacred item to her. For instance I do not feel any need to apologize to Muslims because I show my arms and wear shorts. Its not part of my belief system. So I feel no need to apologize for it.

            We can agree to disagree absolutely.

            And Sara learn to relax. Its a discussion. No need to raise your blood pressure to new heights because we disagree.

            Save all that indignation for all the people who wore green on St. Paddy’s and used it as an excuse to drink beer as an expression of their “Irish Heritage for Just one Day.”

          • Sara Nelson

            Hahaha You are arguing with me and acting like I can’t have a differing opinion. You shared your view and I shared a differing view. I like to look for the positive in a situation I don’t think that showing respect is cowering. Your Muslim analogy is not a fair comparison. A better analogy would be using the American Flag in a way that it was not intended to be used such as a blanket, an oil rag, or let’s fit this situation and say as a canvas for a painting, because then it’s art.

            I am far from upset, you obviously are though because you feel a need to argue and name call, maybe your advice will work for you to deal with your anger. I shared my differing opinion but I do not have time for your rants.

            For the record, you see self-righteous, I see respect. I was taught to address my elders with a ma’am and sir.

    • hereinWA

      So, basically, “I say what hurts people, and I don’t find it offensive, so no one else can”. Try wearing blackface and see how ‘free’ you are to do that? Why is insulting, demeaning, and marginalizing Native Americans okay? It IS hurting people. I could show you study upon study about how denigrating Natives is damaging to the people as a whole. We are not even allowed to own our own culture or images anymore, or else we’re just considered ‘whiners’.

      • Eleanor Jacobs

        SO you OWN a culture? OK, so I’m a “Heinz 57 Mix” do I get to OWN and become an EXPERT on how those 57 cultures should be represented? Get over yourself people. Your ethnicity was just an accident of birth. You are not better or worse than anyone else because of it. “Proud Italians” or “kiss me I’m Irish” or Proud this or that… Get over it. You did nothing to earn any adoration just for being a born into a certain race, ethnicity, etc. When you achieve something then take ownership of it. But Proud Whatever, Native People, First Nation’s, Black, White, Irish, Japanese, etc, etc. be proud of what you do, own what you do and get over who wore a headdress or “offended you” by an action that happened nowhere near you.

        • hereinWA

          As a member of my people, and yes, a proud one lucky to be born to my race, we have a goddamned RIGHT to be pissed off when we are demeaned, denigrated, marginalized. Take your stupid white privilege elsewhere. Don’t tell ME what I can be proud of, what we can own, what we can be angry at, because, YOU DON’T OWN US!!!! STOP TELLING US HOW WE MAY BE!!!!

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            The beauty of being in this country is that we can have opinions. And you can chose to agree or disagree. So I will continue to have my opinion and you can continue to disagree.

            And relax, if you can’t handle public debate and discourse maybe u should spend your time doing something else.

          • hereinWA

            Racism isn’t an ‘agree or disagree’ issue. It is wrong. Just because it doesn’t affect you and your white privilege, doesn’t mean it’s not an issue, it doesn’t have repercussions, and it doesn’t hurt people. But you’re apparently one of those people who feel you have a right to hurt anyone you want, but be damned if they hurt you, then it’s a problem, right? Yeah, I could spend my time doing something else, like being an ignorant, uneducated, racist like you.

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            We are talking about wearing a head dress in a video. And yes I understood your use of racist and degrading terms for native peoples. And it also degrades your point. Makes you sound stupid. (Note I said sound stupid, I did not say you are stupid.)

            I have compassion for the real issues of native peoples. Degradation of women, poverty, alcoholism, lack of quality education etcetera. THIS issue is not one of them.

            I’ve studied the issues both academically and on my own and still do not feel that disagreeing with you on a woman singing and wearing a Native American head dress makes me a racist.

            Nor does it make me insensitive to native people or native culture.

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            I don’t own you??? omg, you have such a colonial, victim mentality. Maybe it is you who is oppressing yourself and not others. To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a head dress is just a head dress.

  • KarenS

    More liberal whining. Too bad, so sad.

  • MARK BREWER

    Let’s go one step further, what did they think of Dustin Hoffman in “Little Big Man”? Hands down one of my favorite, aside from that fag ass “hey little big man, want to come to my tee pee?” part that is.

    • Guest

      Due to their history of oppression, Native Americans have remained silent on many issues for too long.(Insert the long list of atrocities committed to Native Americans here for proof as to why they remained silent.) I personally had ancestors deny their Native American heritage because of the way they would be treated if they didn’t. Okay, so back to your comment. I’m not sure that you are aware of it but Native Americans are tired of remaining silent to injustices done to them and their culture. Idle No More!

      • hereinWA

        And due to the internet and social media, we’re being heard more. And because people didn’t hear anything from us before (they just weren’t listening), suddenly we’re PC butt-hurt whiners. For trying to claim our own culture, sacred items, identity.

  • Jeffry Bankston

    Art or insult depends on if her mother is republican or democrat if democrat she is an artist making a statement on wrongs done to native American, if republican she is a racist

    • MARK BREWER

      Jeffry, you could not have said that better, your comment is based on absolute fact.
      Thanks

      • ezbakeovenpwns .

        LOL you cannot think for yourself. Useful idiots :/

        • Jeffry Bankston

          Read what I posted to the dim witted fool under you go look in the mirror flip your image the finger that’s from me

    • ezbakeovenpwns .

      You sir, are an idiot. Democrat or Republican?? What about Freedom? What about Choice?? What about Not picking sides??? What about no left or right? What were her motives?? What about getting rid of government period and re-establishing Chiefs that are going to represent the real rightful people that belong to the land?

      • Jeffry Bankston

        Was more about what the liberal biased media and less about my thought personally don’t give 2 shits and even less about what you think

  • ezbakeovenpwns .

    To the person that said “this a free country” It was only free before white people showed up to enslave everyone. The funny thing is is that the whites are all enslaved by their masters now. 😉

    • Eleanor Jacobs

      that was me. free country yes. i am sorry about what happened in the past. columbus, english settlers, spaniards in california (what used to be mexico) YET i cannot change history.

      so TODAY, in 2014 United States of America, we have free speech.

      and i don’t know about you, but i’m not enslaved by anyone. i have a very nice life. a life of freedom and choice.

      • hereinWA

        Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. You do things that hurt people, you don’t get to just skip gaily away and say, ‘nothing you can do about it’. And guess what? The stuff that happened in the past? Still going on today. You won’t see it in mainstream media. Land is still being stolen, children are being stolen, murders and rapes go uninvestigated. Native women are 3 times more likely to be raped, 85% of rapists are non-Native, and nearly 100% of rapists will never be arrested, let alone jailed or tried, or convicted. Until last year, a non-Native rapist on a reservation could rest easy knowing reservation police couldn’t touch him, since he’s not a tribal member. Even with the re-writing of VAWA, it still has yet to be implemented in 99.9% of reservations. Look up ‘cultural misappropriation’, etc, and you may find the studies on how things like this do actual harm. If you berate your child endlessly, what happens to that child? You tell them they’re bad, they’re horrible people, they end up thinking they’re worthless. Same concept.

  • mel

    Has no one noticed that they said that “Wado” is the name of the writer of that article? Wado means thanks, the writer is Adrienne, as very clearly seen below that part that says “Wado (Thanks),”.

  • R.g. Reynolds

    I will connect my moccasin clad size 13 to her a**

  • thenine

    Tell her to take the headdress off out of respect and also remind the owner of the Washington Red Skins that the majority of people think that sports teams should not be disrespecting people with their name. Boycott that Washington team and email corporate supporters as well no matter the direction you come from this is about the oppression of people and must be stopped it is not innocent nor will it be tolerated by a civil society.

    • Eleanor Jacobs

      she is oppression NO ONE by wearing a costume in a photo shoot.

      • hereinWA

        Incorrect. by doing so, she is stating, “I own you. I use your culture, your image, whether you like it or not.” Head dresses are sacred, and I fully feel anyone who dons one in such a fashion should have to earn each feather, with ten hours community service for each feather. They wanna wear it, make ’em earn it.

        • Eleanor Jacobs

          Your assertions do not naturally follow from the use of the head dress.

          Ok, now back to the point. She’s an artist. She liked the culture and the symbols and made a video. Don’t like it, shake your head, don’t watch and just turn away.

          People, lets worry about the real issues… Obesity, alcoholism and poverty in Native American communities. NOT if a singer wore a head dress in a video, most of us would never have seen if others had not started a controversy.

          (rhetorical question) When will people acting on real issues instead of taking time to worry about what some artist does in a video?

          Sadly, probably never, because displaying faux shock on the internet over faux issues is So Much Easier than actually doing something about the real issues in life.

          • hereinWA

            Sorry, but this is not a ‘faux issue’, it is a very real issue. YOU do not get to decide what is an issue and what is not, important or not. When do we, as Native Americans, get a say in how we are treated, how we are portrayed? When will YOU understand the headdress is a SACRED SYMBOL, and NOT for some dumb blonde idiot to just pick up and use for her own amusement? When are people like YOU going to stop telling those who are being denigrated what they may feel denigrated about? Face it, your white privilege, which is more than obvious here, blinds you to the fact that other races can speak for themselves, and should have THE say in how their sacred objects, and very images, are used.
            Oh, and it was not for ‘a video’.

          • hereinWA

            “Your assertions do not naturally follow from the use of the head dress.” What does that mean? Please, oh enlightened one, TELL ME ABOUT MY CULTURE!

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            i’m telling you about the perception of her actions not your culture, and since when are YOU the spokesperson for your entire culture.

          • hereinWA

            Am I the only one speaking out about it? NO. But then again,we’ve already seen how stupid and ignorant you are about the issue. “I’ll sit here in my house, never learn a damned thing, but have an opinion about everything’.

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            sorry – just because you are emotional about it does not make you right.

          • hereinWA

            Just because you’re white and feel superior to all other races doesn’t make it, or you right. Let alone your ignorance to Native culture, sacred significance, or anything else that affects Native American people.

          • hereinWA

            Oh, and we ALL SPEAK FOR OUR CULTURE.

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            my race has noting to do with this issue. but please go ahead, make everything about “white privilege”. pretend every white person is just like every other white person. oops, that would be racism. now who is racist???

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            Yes because I am white I must feel superior to other cultures. That’s it. Wow. I am not ignorant of native culture. And you have no idea if I have native blood or not. But keep making invalid and unsupported assumptions. It appears to be a hobby if not a lifestyle for you.

            Keep being redoculously upset over a music video. Because That Is So Productive.

            Keep ranting here and forget about real actions against REAL problems.

            Because That Is So Productive.

          • hereinWA

            You just hit the white bitch privilege appropriation bingo. You think you have a right to tell other cultures what is demeaning to them, YOUR perceptions that everyone should just ‘get over it’, and ‘forget about real actions against REAL problems” BINGO, you win! A year on Pine Ridge. You should read some articles on white privilege and misappropriation. You know, EDUCATE yourself. The denigration of our culture as a whole, seen as drunks, buffoons, relics of the past, all has a very detrimental effect on our people, while leads to the further decline into suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, etc. I’m sorry YOU are too ignorant to know that, but some of us Injuns is EDJUMUCATED Injuns.

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            Stop acting like I Ever disrespected “your people”. I never called you ignorant. Never implied you were any less than anyone else.

            You have a victim mentality. And somehow think being pissed off about a music video helps ” your people”.

            News flash. It doesn’t.

          • hereinWA

            Admit it, you’re a racist, ignorant white privileged cow who doesn’t understand anything about this. YOU DO NOT GET IT. Plain and simple. Like you.

          • Eleanor Jacobs

            And remind me to be “offended” that u used the term injun. Oh wait I can’t. Because as a white person I can’t have an opinion on things related to native peoples. Yeah, shows how edjumicated (your word NOT mine) you are.

          • hereinWA

            And you just again proved how dumb you are…I used those words to illustrate a point, and it went completely over your head. You are a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool IDIOT.

          • hereinWA

            By the way, even if you have ‘some Indian blood’, it doesn’t make you Indian. It’s not just a matter of blood, but since you’re ‘not ignorant’ (snicker) of Native culture, I guess you know that. If you only put ‘white’ on your census, or the issue of any Native blood ONLY comes up when you want to justify denigration of other Natives….you ain’t Native.

  • Reneé Kunkel

    If she really wanted to be authentic— she would have worn braids- leather ties and perhaps a few shells or beads- Women did not wear headdresses.

    • Eleanor Jacobs

      most valid point yet.

    • hereinWA

      It’s not about being ‘authentic’, it’s about cultural misappropriation, which she was well aware that she was doing.

  • Unkown

    I found this very sad. I, for one, am a mutt. I have Native American, German, Swede, and possibly, African American, ancestry. I DON’T agree with the way Native Americans were treated back then, but that doesn’t mean that this woman had any intention of insult. I personally like that she wore it because it REMINDS everyone of the atrocities that were visited on the Native Americans. We should NEVER forget what happened, but we also can’t let it cause resentment and anger for the rest of known time. Then those that did those atrocious things WIN.

    • hereinWA

      What is wrong with Native Americans being the ones to remind people? She did no such thing. She KNEW it was disrespectful with her comment about cultural appropriation. She intended insult, then got insulted when told it was insulting. We can represent ourselves, and that is what we are trying and demanding to do.

  • Jerry J Brown

    With all due respect. I, as a white person bear no responsibility for what happened to your ancestors. My family did not arrive in America until the late 1800’s. This woman may be in the same position. Was she being insulting or demeaning to the Native American way? Is it exclusive, that we cannot share cultures? There is no going back to the past. It’s deplorable that an act of congress was passed that did this. But political correctness is one group trying to control what another group says. I’m against hate speech, but this is nothing close to that…

    • hereinWA

      I guarantee you she knew exactly what she was doing. This is not ‘sharing’ of culture, it is theft of culture. We are trying to claim our culture as our own, especially with a sacred item. You want to wear something from our culture? Go with some beaded earrings, or moccasins…they’re not sacred, and they’re common. DON’T demean Natives by misappropriating that which is considered sacred.

      • Jerry J Brown

        My point is that the ordinary person is unaware of that fact. I happen to know all about it, but instead of bashing people, use it as a lead in to remove the ignorance so we can all live in peace. Isn’t there enough division in this world today???

        • hereinWA

          In this day and age of social media, everyone should know that dressing up as another race is considered racist and disrespectful. How many agencies have taken heat for ‘playing Indian’? You cannot remove ignorance that people REFUSE to see. You can try to teach them all you want, but if they refuse to LEARN from it, it becomes willful ignorance. The division is caused by people using their ‘white privilege’ to denigrate others, then thumb their noses when called out.

          • Jerry J Brown

            I’m white and I know of no one using their ‘white privilege’ to denigrate others. I think’s it’s naive to assume that everyone knows ALL the details of the many cultures that exist on this planet. So I implore you to be one of the educators and be part of the solution. I’m tired of the hate and division from all sides of many issues these days. There is a sickness in humanity, and you make the choice to help or hurt. There is no neutral.

          • hereinWA

            Of course you do not know of anyone using their ‘white privilege’. Unless you live in a culture denigrated by white privilege, you’re not aware of it. Multiple articles have been written about it. A quick check of google will inform you until your head wants to explode. This girl is raised in Oklahoma, around Native people, her mother has had negative run-ins with Native people, there is no excuse for her to not know that cultural misappropriation is WRONG, and she knew it was wrong not only by her caption of ‘cultural appropriation’, but her ‘apology’ was nothing of the sort, then she went on to further antagonize by making fun of people for having a problem with it.

  • Lynda

    I also find the pic offensive. She obviously has no knowledge of the headdress but I don’t think she meant to deliberately offend anyone. Tourist traps and pow-wows are full of those headdresses made in China. I think our energies would be put to better use by putting a stop to that first.

    • hereinWA

      Yes, she did, as indicated not only by her caption, but the ‘climate’ she was raised in, she should know better. Her ‘apology’ failed, and she went on to deride anyone who dared not think she was adorable and cute, calling people names for having a problem with it. We can’t stop the cheap headdresses from China, except for people here to stop buying them. They stop buying them, there is no market, why make them? Except they’d still sell in Europe, where the problem is just as bad. (You would not believe the run-ins I’ve had with European self-claimed ‘shamans’ who have no problem stealing our culture and making money off it. One claims to channel our old chiefs, who apparently suddenly speak perfect English and love the white people who decimated their people. One threatened to show up at my bedside on my deathbed, because, “I have that power…” LOL)

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  • hereinWA

    Natives have been fighting cultural misappropriation for years, but with the dawn of social media, it’s only now being brought to light. I get tired of hearing, “Just get over it”. Most people don’t understand that the ‘atrocities of the past’ ARE still occurring today. It just doesn’t make the mainstream media. When the culture you are disrespecting tells you that you are disrespecting them, and you respond with ‘get over it’, etc, you are further marginalizing that culture. And it seems Native Americans are last culture it’s ‘okay’ to disrespect. As the daughter of the governor of Oklahoma (who has her own bad record with Natives), she SHOULD know better, and her pseudo-apology shows that she knew it, but doesn’t care. The responses she’s posting on her band’s Facebook shows how much she actually disregards Native people and how they feel about others ‘taking ownership’ of our culture and image. No, you cannot change the past, but you can make for a better future by showing respect. Teaching respect. I don’t know how, in this day and age of digital media, people still don’t understand how it is disrespectful. The headdress (which was NOT worn by women) is considered sacred. There is no uproar over moccasins, because they are only footwear, not a sacred item that had to be EARNED. I’ve seen stupid remarks like, “Well, I see Natives selling them, so how can it be disrespectful?” Well, Christians used to sell ‘finger bones of Christ’ or John the Baptist, etc. Some people don’t care how they make their money, even if it is disrespecting their own beliefs. Doesn’t make it right.