I think you have a wonderful idea for a blog. However, going through your posts is like scraping nails on a chalkboard. You act like a jackass. The juvenile and sarcastic writing is funny every now and then, but not on every single post.
Also, when people seem to genuinely ask questions trying to understand cultural appropriation, you blow them off. This is not how you run a public blog on a topic such as this; if you can't answer someone's question in a clear and concise way, then link them to a site or post that does.
You also seem to be under the impression that your ancestors are the only ones to have their culture appropriated in a violent way when this is definitely not the case. Even European cultures appropriate other European cultures.
It is my opinion that if you are going to run this blog, you need to grow up and learn how to discuss this topic in the mature way that it deserves.
oh my god please help an evil wizard turned me into a blog only you can save me
new favorite fucking blog right here...thanks for summing up so perfectly my feelings towards people who do this. It is upsettingly prevalent on the spiritual type blogs here on tumblr. I am so sick of people fetishizing my "gypsy" and "indian" roots.
The history of white people is us conquering each other. It's NORMAL.
I mean we're usually really good at this. Sure the last couple centuries has been kind of embarrassing *blush*
But GOD! What is it with you brown people? Why can't you just shut up and be conquered already!
Is it so hard?!
I mean sheesh! Annoying!
I know you get annoyed when people ask "is this cultural appropriation" questions so sorry but I'm just curious and I don't think I've seen this one on here anywhere...
I just heard a new one the other day. Someone complained about the fashion industry appropriating punk culture. Now, I never think about those types of movements or sub-cultures as the same type of culture that we're talking about here, but perhaps I'm wrong? I would just like to know what you think, please.
so like punk-lite fashion shit pretty much always flops and makes the wearer look like a total noob and it makes whoever designed/though up that shit look like a tasteless asshat
i guess the thing is that punk culture has this aura of whiteness around it, and while colored kids can be punk they often deal with racial alienation shit, but beyond fascist skinheads - not all skins are fascist/racists- i don’t see anyone being like lol colored kids can’t be punk. but if there was any doubt like, no, white ppl can’t become colored. not even if yr punk or whatev.
if in like, fifty yrs or whatever punk becomes like an ethnos and shit, then that’d be a different thing.
It sounds like this person had legitimate questions and you totally just blew them off. I understand that this is mostly a blog for people who already "get it" and want to vent, but it seems like this person is actually trying to understand you and you're mocking them.
Loving your answers! I just wanted to say that when I'm asked questions like that about cultural appropriation, I tell people that adaptation isn't appropriation. For example, canoes; generally a white person using a canoe isn't "playing Indian", they just find that it's one of the best ways to navigate rivers and streams, this is adaptation. Also western societies cram their culture down others thrats, that' that whole colonialism thing. This may be one of the reasons that people don't think of Western European appropriation.
"I guess I have some Native American [in me] somewhere down the line. My great-grandmother was quite a bit of Native American, she grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian. Makes sense in terms of coming from Kentucky, which is rife with Cherokee and Creek." - Johnny Depp
... I call bullshit.
can we please stop this train wreck before he actually dresses up as "native chief" for halloween?
oh my god can some one deny him like credit and a job and then build a relationship with him only to break his heart and otherwise ruin his life except all behind the scenes so he never feels liek anyone gives a shit about him and the universe is just massively uninterested in him, as it is, except he goes to bed for the rest of his life feeling slightly more hopeless and slightly more desperate
Would you say that our military has appropriated Slavic culture? I've seen soldiers issued a more 'Americanized' Ushanka, something similar to Valenki, and what looks like a more modern derivation of an Afghanka.
And would you say appropriation is something similar to racism [power and privilege] or would you say that it can happen to any ethnic group? Why is the appropriation of Western European articles more acceptable than other groups?
warpaint has been used by people from pretty much every roundy area of the earth so i mean that's not cultural appropriation so much as people condoning warlike behavior and stupid makeup. the saxons, the normans, romans, indians, chinese, japanese, etc.
also, mohawks aren't just a native american thing. they predate native american culture by like eight or nine centuries, and were seen in rome, france, etc. so just what is your opinion on that?
indians crossed the atlantic and the dumbass eurasians thought their shit looked tight. also time travel, what can i tell you.
id like to apologize on behalf of white people for COMPLETELY OWNING THE SHIT out of indians with our fucking awesome guns technology and plain old white ingenuity. it sure is a shame that we manage to do so much more with indian art and culture than you all ever could.
so i'm totally secular and not religious and not buddhist, but i have some buddhist art up in my apartment. an indian friend (who is also not actually buddhist) saw it and told me i was being offensive and appropriating her culture. here's the thing though... i'm chinese. i know buddhism originated in india and all, but buddhism is also a big part of chinese culture (even though i wasn't really directed influenced by buddhism growing up or anything), so i really don't see how i'm being offensive...? i'm just really confused about this whole situation, to be honest. am i actually being appropriative or am i just feeling guilty for no reason?
yeah like, the history of buddhism and dharmic philosophical systems is like, largely a common heritage of asian cultures. i think what might be a good idea is to ask yr friend like, what gives, in particular, abt the art. cz it might be that the art is serving as like, a transference point for something else that yr friend has a beef with, maybe re spirituality, maybe re respecting each other’s culture, etc. i think when it comes down to relations between colored ppl there’s a lot of ways in which the orientalist lenses affect us, like, when yr wearing yr glasses or contacts and yr still looking for them and you don’t realize like yr vision’s already corrected. so like, what might seem like a really incomprehensible beef between two folks who come from buddhist-influenced cultures, might make more sense if y’all like converse and see if colonial imaginations are ‘correcting’ - read: ‘totally fucking up’ - the way that y’all deal with y’alls own cultural self-representation.
GOOD LUCK IN ALL YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP-RELATED ENDEAVORS
re: Kiesha Crowther, she is a New Age fraudster with a well-known and troubling history of playing native for profit, mainly she claims to be "the shaman of the Sioux and Salish tribe" (lol). Peeps have been exposing her antics for a while now. Here is a funny/enraging take on her and a good intro to her BS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYy0xVdPU6Q
Also, "Little Grandmother" as she likes to call herself is like 33 years old.
I don't know you, but I love you. Seriously. All of you (since I think there's more than one person handling this blog).
Also, I REALLY loved your response the other day to the Hawai'ian person asking about figuring out whether dreadlocks were culturally relevant & accurate for them, so I made it a rebloggable post here: http://velocicrafter.tumblr.com/post/5924717247/re-creating-our-history
....y'know, for anyone who's interested. :o)
KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON! <3
searched for 'little' in your archive and didn't find anything linked to 'little grandmother', so I assume this ..hmm.. thing has not been covered yet:
Kiesha Crowther "Little Grandmother" has some traction on Youtube, but the first video that pops up in searches is the above, there's that at least.
oh my god creeper i went to her website and she’s just chilling wearing a buckskin, like, vest thing?
but the comments on that video are adorable. ‘Let’s make some European noise!’
Pretty convenient that everyone who was "indigenous in a past life" seems to have missed out on the whole genocide thing/socioeconomic disenfranchisement in this life
I MEAN like maybe they were like stay-at-home indians/
so i followed the link that Anon: Choctaw/Chaktow poster was talking about, and that tumblr seemed pretty badass and written by someone who’s comfortable with who she is and knowledgeable about her multiracial/many-cultured family history. seems like the person trolling around on her site trying to police her identity with their views about Using Correct English has their own race issues to be working out. (maybe spend a little more time listening and a little less telling people who gets to be a Real Indian you know?) just sayin. also your response was awesome, and this thing makes my day, over and over.
Anon: Are you aware that the correct spelling of the tribe is CHOCTAW not Chaktow. Not to be mean, but to educate :o/
ANSWER: I kno But I Like Chaktow better :)
Wow....how embarrassing. The comforting thing is that shes probably not really Indian to begin with. She spelled Cherokee wrong too.....
the author of the embarrassing response: http://smilinsweetowl.tumblr.com
i mean like fuck spelling like sometimes when i feel like it i spell my nation’s name with just logical operators cuz like roman letters are like european faces you know they all look the same and shit i’m a build a spaceship, cover it in pictograms
Whats your stance on people other than Indians wearing bindis?
wrong kind of indian (feather not dot), but like last month i was chilling on the ground with my indian homegirls and like one of them gave me a bunch of super deluxe bindis and i tried one on and one of them was like ‘yea that looks really outstanding and shit’ and the other one was like ‘oh god please no’ i think i have them in a bag somewhere
Question re: sugar skulls.
I grew up in California as one of the few gringos in my class. The cultures of my 'ancestors' (who were British and Russian) did not make sugar skulls. However, everyone around me was from a culture that made sugar skulls and was awesome. Consequently, our local culture - as in the traditions and practices we had as a community - made sugar skulls, because the people who made up our local culture were largely from or descended from other cultures that made sugar skulls. I grew up celebrating the Day of the Dead, because that was what everyone did in my community. Would you consider that to count as being 'from a culture that makes sugar skulls', given that it was the culture of my upbringing, not the culture of my 'ancestors'?
sugar skulls are delicious. the continuing occupation of califas is not so delicious.
also there’s a difference because like, mexi ppl don’t use sugar skulls for like super important religious rites, but to munch on while one chills with the spirit fam. so like, candy and sacred objects, you know? also like yea california culture includes all this stuff so like, yea califas is like diverse and shit
Sorry, but feathers belong to BIRDS, not to any human culture. Certain USES of feathers might belong to Native Americans, while many other uses belong to other cultures. However, animals are not Native people's to exploit ANY MORE than they are white people's to exploit, whether the reasons are for fashion or spirituality.
I'd just like to ask a question, with regards to your post on the sexualisation of Native American women, in which you said that no white person should ever be allowed to touch a feather. I completely understand, but I am white and have been brought up following pagan religion and wearing feathers as charms has always been a big part of this. As this has always been part of pagan culture, which is thousands of years old, I don't preceive my usage of feathers in everyday attire as cultural appropriation because it is a part of my own culture and they all have different significace, but I'm interested in your point of view and whether you feel it is inappropriate, given that I am white. Thank you for your time, I'm just curious :)
I've been looking ALL over the web for info on this and couldn't find more than one or two viewpoints, so I figured I would come here to get all of y'all's opinions. Is it considered cultural appropriation when white people where mohawk hairstyles?