AN: okay so I’ve never written anything before so this is new territory for me. I’m hoping you all like it, I welcome any and all feedback. I’m from the UK so please forgive me if there’s words or phrases that sound odd, I probably haven’t noticed. I’m hoping to stretch this into a few chapters but I’m not good with setting deadlines for myself so we’ll see. Also the title is crap but I had no idea what to call it! Enjoy!
LEATHER SUEDE AMERICAN FLAG FRINGED HIPPIE VEST from WOODSTOCK 1969
Actually WORN at WOODSTOCK 1969 by the lady in the bottom photo as shown in 2016…
A suede vest WORN AT WOODSTOCK - even has damage from the infamous rain at the greatest rock concert ever. The story below is from the seller I acquired this from early in 2016, mother…
“The year was 1969 & [his] mother was 21, she was from Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh PA. Together with many girl friends they drove to WOODSTOCK in a 1959 IMPALA 4DR. She didn’t own the vest BEFORE she left but ended up WEARING IT HOME STAINED FROM POOR WEATHER.
She says she BOLDY went up to A FEMALE STRANGER & told her she LOVED THE VEST the girl asked if she would TRADE for the jacket she had on! [His mother] KNEW IT WAS A SPECIAL EVENT & has cared for this vintage piece ever since. She is nearing 70 now & asked if [the son] could locate a buyer to help preserve the memories. (She also needs the money).
Approx 17” wide & 42" long. IT’s in rough condition on the sides… there are WATER STAINS ON THE INSIDE & BACK. She still looks good in it.“ (written for me late winter 2016)
Shirtless Anakin in a VW van?? Now you have my full attention!
You know it. Obi-Wan can be all Don Draper-ed in hot suits and Being Very Professional, and Anakin can be all “can fingers touch themselves, man? Let’s go to Woodstock and get naked. Also check out how well I pull off this Fringe-Vest-and-No-Shirt Look.”
Hey. :) I sometimes get confused about cultural appropriation. Where I live in New Zealand it isn't considered cultural appropriation if a white person does the haka. It's actually encouraged and is considered a compliment when non maori do the haka. It's a way of them showing respect for our culture. And also, Maori aren't really as oppressed here. The Maori culture is a big part of our country and everyone is expected to embrace it. What's the difference between that and other countries?
It’s about respect, at the crux of it.
Cultural appreciation is about showing deference and admiration, it’s about collaboration and acknowledging the ownership and power that people belonging to that culture have over whichever element of the culture you’re participating in.
Cultural appropriation, on the other hand, is about taking an element of a culture you don’t care enough about to understand, warping it to your own desires, and then erasing whatever context or ownership that culture had over it.
When you’re talking about non-Maori performing the haka, I think you may be referring to the All Blacks rugby team performing it before their games? In that case, many of the ABs are Maori themselves, from what I understand. Furthermore, I’ve read that many times native Maori speakers have written them specifically for the ABs, such as Kapa O Pango:
Contrast that to the tomahawk chop and chant that is associated with my hometown’s baseball team, the Atlanta Braves:
It’s not an appreciative gesture meant to pay homage in any way. Instead, it’s a thoughtless caricature. Few to none of the people in the stands are Native, and I haven’t heard that any of the players on the Braves roster are either. Indigenous Americans most likely were not consulted when they developed it, and in fact many have spoken up to express their frustration and indignation over it since then, only to be ignored.
I remember back in 1991 (I’m old, hush), when I was a little kid and the Braves went to the World Series. Every single kid in my class knew that chant, knew how to do the tomahawk chop (we practiced it in school!). And at the same time, we didn’t talk about indigenous people at all, outside of Thanksgiving when the teachers would dress up half the class in feather headbands made from paper plates and fringed vests made out of brown grocery bags. I and the rest of my first grade class wouldn’t learn about the Trail of Tears for another 7 years, and even then it was presented as something that happened a long time ago, somewhere far away… not something that happened less than two centuries ago, exactly in the same place our school was now located.
When that context and history is erased, when a marginalized culture’s traditions are parasitized, exploited, and commercialized for the gain of members of the dominant culture, there’s no respect there, no appreciation. Only greed, insult, and harm.
(Full disclosure: I am neither Maori nor Indigenous, so I apologize if I’ve misspoken on any of this or spoken out of turn. If there’s anything that should be modified or removed, please let me know.)
ETA: Also, I can’t speak too much on New Zealand culture, but from what I’ve read and the people I’ve spoken to, I don’t think “Maori aren’t really as oppressed here” is a statement that would stand up to much scrutiny, even if the mainstream may be more aware and open than Georgia is to its indigenous peoples.