One day we’ll be in a Marvel movie, sitting there as something doesn’t feel right. and as the credits start to roll we’ll know what it is. It will flash up on screen and our hearts will break. “In loving memory of Stan Lee”. There was no cameo in that movie. And there never will be again.
Anonymous said: so if i wanted to dress up as a native american, it would be insulting? what if i don't mean it that way and i actually appreciate the culture?
Why risk the assumption? There are tons of ways to respect a culture, dressing up like stereotypes is not one of them
as a native american person, i would ask you not. it’s flattering to appreciate the culture and i’m happy you can respect our culture as well, but there is strong meaning and so much importance behind the headdress and i personally hate when people wear them. I personally would never even think of wearing a headdress, because it is disrespectful to my elders and the fact is i am not a chief nor have i received the honour to wear one. so i really just ask that you please don’t :)
This is kinda the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. People can do what ever the bullshark they wanna do…don’t make this anon feel shitty. They aren’t gonna wear it to make fun of the Native American people. America is all cultures mixed and just because you don’t look like/ or have any of that culture in yo doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate all cultures. I say go for whatever the hell you want that’s legal. And you’re not gonna get arrested for wearing something of a different culture than your own.
You two are the ones that are way to easily offended.
I wasn’t trying to make the anon feel like shit; i’m a nice person and i feel like i gave my personal opinion in a respectful way and politely asked that they don’t dress up in the stereotypes of my culture. there’s a difference between appreciating and appropriating, and i want to make that clear. Like i said, i appreciate that they respect my culture and i understand why they would want to dress up, headdresses are beautiful. It’s a matter of respect though, there is significance to that piece of clothing and you’re treating it like a costume.
Because why not? People dress up like the English? You don’t see me over here freaking out. I respect your personal opinion but you don’t have to dress like the Native American so why worry ya feel me?
You realise we didn’t want to dress up like the English, we were forced to. My great-great-grandmother cried and screamed when white nuns and priests came onto the reservations we were forced to stay on and took her children from her because they said she was savage and dirty and they were merely giving these lesser children a chance to be shown what was right. They chopped off our braids because long hair was for girls, not grown men (and in my culture long hair is part of your spirit in a sense). We were physically, mentally and sexually abused by people who had stolen us from our families. We were taken to places where the only language spoken was english, and you were severely punished if you were caught even whispering in cree (the only language most of us knew in the plains). Did you know they even renamed first nations children? So that we would have proper Engligh names. There’s also proof that they were using aboriginal children forced into residential schools as medical test subjects and there have been mass graves found in BC; but the government still hasn’t released the archives about eveything that truly occured in residential schools. There was aboriginal genocide that is barely acknowledged and seldom discussed. So you have no reason to freak out, us dressing English wasn’t a choice, it was forced upon us. There have been lasting effects on my people and even my 34 year old uncle went to a residential school. Sorry if I tell people not to appropiate my culture, but so much has been taken from us and this is something I won’t let them take in order to have a “cool” costume for halloween and music festivals.
Ok I’m sorry about that but you weren’t there and neither was I. You’re taking this way to far it has been so long and we have all come so far since then. You’re not even acknowledging the modern world. I don’t agree with what the colonists did to your people in the slightest in fact that’s why I’m disagreeing with you. They told your people how to do stuff just as you are doing now. I didn’t mean “your people” dressed up like English I meant that every race and culture does now as costumes. Btw let’s not forget that costumes=dressing up like something you are not. So the person isn’t trying to be a Native American they’re dressing up like one for A COUPLE OF HOURS with no disrespect or judgement in mind. You need to learn to go with the flow or your whole life will be a mess of arguments. Now you’re not gonna win this argument and neither am I that’s fine. and personally I already know what brutally happened to the natives and like I said I don’t agree with it but it was a century ago so you can stop taking to people like they’re the ones who took this land and just accept what the Americas have become. Calm down this is tumblr. Not a historical debate.
I’m never looking in my activity again I’m done I’m gone but first “it happened a century ago get over it” SIT YA SOGGY ASS DOWN THATS SUCH BOLOGNA. Don’t matter how long people are dressing up for, it’s offensive. Don’t matter how long ago the genocide was, it’s STILL offensive (sidenote: native people still face incredible oppression in yes the “modern times”, there are some good docs on Netflix you should watch, one of my favs (forgot the title..I think red was in there??) is about these young ish ppl showing what stereotypes have reduced their tribe and traditions to, as well as the conditions on reservations in yeah 2014).
You actually only get 750 dollars because I’m half English a quarter German and a quarter native. I’ve heard the stories I’ve seen the documentaries I’ve read the books. I actually study genocide, conflict and resolution, and the history of human rights. And frankly destiny you seem very nice but I think sometimes the way you talk to your follows is offensive. I think religious people are offensive. I think white people are offensive. I think black people are offensive. I think old and young people are offensive. And to conclude I guarantee everything is offensive to someone in some way. So you “sit your soggy ass down” whatever that means and try to look at the big picture. You can’t win an opinionated argument in a factual world. I am not the bad guy here and neither are you. But when people wear costumes no matter what it is… It might offended some and it might make some smile. costumes aren’t gonna hurt anyone. Theres no judgement of culture involved. So I think you should just be happy and smile and let everyone “be there own cute little soul” because you’re contradicting your ulterior motive which is to be happy and be you and do what makes you happy. So if you asked the natives (who were known to go with the flow and be giving and kind) I’m sure they wouldn’t give two fucks who dressed like them on Halloween or for Coachella. It’s not like they’re impersonating the medicine man or the spiritual leader and it’s not like they think they can.
If u think I’m some hippy dippy and that me wanting ppl to be happy overrides RACISM and CULTURAL APPROPRIATION and any other forms of OPPRESSION as well as the entertainment of that then yoooo lol. You don’t know my ulterior motives or whatever that means so don’t you dare try to undermine my beliefs or invalidate my arguments because I want there to be happiness in the world. You totally ignored the main point of all this and you’re blatantly refusing to accept that hey, sometimes you can’t do everything you want even if you’ll be “happy” or “go with the flow” because guess what? The world doesn’t work that way. People get hurt, these judgments? Holding many people and many cultures and races back. I mean read the damn comments, ITS OFFENSIVE. It’s disrespectful, distasteful. Yet you will encourage ignorance to that so people can have “fun”? “Ask the natives” did u bother reading the comments? The stories of these people’s parents? Grandparents? Further ancestors? The shit they went through, that knowledge passed on to today so that they can keep their culture alive in a world making it seem as a joke, stripping away whatever sacred value it has all for the sake of “being happy” (???)
yes, our “happy” and “go with the flow” attitudes have been taken advantage of since the moment we welcomed european people onto our land. Our voices are ignored constantly. How many times have we had to start campaigns and blatantly tell people STOP DOING THIS IT IS OFFENSIVE. yet the owners of a baseball team refuse to change their name because they love the name and that’s always been the name so why would they change it. We have asked people not to wear our clothing with significance in our culture, like i politely did with that anon. and here you are telling me what is and is not offensive for my people. It’s a problem. It is. And you can’t sit there and tell me it’s not. And because it is a huge problem, and we indigenous people do not like our culture being appropriated, we worked together to have headdresses banned from music festivals . WE WILL NOT GO WITH THE FLOW BECAUSE IT IS NOT OKAY TO DO, LISTEN TO US.
Almost in tears because it is about damn time I finally see a fellow Native American stand up for us. You have a problem with how we feel about other non-native americans dressing in warrior head dresses (which by the way had to be earned.. The warrior had to be a warrior, each feather was earned..) in the mocking costumes, that was supposed to be fun and cute, some of us do not see them that way, and some of us don’t care much. Costumes I could care less about, but when I see someone strutting around with a head dress on, it’s a little insulting and aggravating, but I won’t say anything because honestly wear what you please. But just know you’re being a degrading, condescending prick when you say there is nothing racist, or degrading about it. And to say that our people go to school for free is bullshit, the funding is so low, that barely any child on a tribe has a chance to even get into a community college, and don’t say it’s cheap and affordable. Go to any tribal reservation, and I promise you’ll be humbled. So unless you’ve got a better refute, I suggest you shut your mouth.