is that a dreamcatcher i see

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It took me very long to clue in that Gulliver would more than likely come to Canada one day; but, when I realized it, I couldn’t wait to see what he would give me as hints. He didn’t disappoint: Niagara Falls, Maple Syrup, the Northern Lights, he was pretty spot-on. 

It’s interesting to receive another country’s representation of your own country, and to see how they imagine you. Canadian stereotypes usually seem to orbit around moose-riding, igloo building and Tim Horton’s, so I’m overjoyed to see that Gulliver overlooked the “hey”’s and the hockey, and remembered mostly natural phenomenons like the Aurora Borealis and the never-ending flow of the Niagara Falls.  

Although it surprised him, I obviously got it right and received a beautiful red dream-catcher the next day. A DREAMCATCHER! Gulliver ACKNOWLEDGED the NATIVES!!!! (Which Canada itself struggles with) I was absolutely delighted and couldn’t wait to hang the dream-catcher in my house. I must say, this is the best hommage to Canada I have seen in my time on the Internet. 

Thank you, Gulliver the “poor yet manly” Seagull. 

I don’t know if this makes me selfish but I want to be your favourite. I want to be the person you go to when you’re happy or the first one you call when you feel broken at 2 am. I don’t want to be someone’s go to when others aren’t available. I don’t want someone to have deep conversations with at 12 am and the next day, be ignored for someone else. I don’t want to be used. I want to be seen. I want to be chosen. I want somebody else to believe that I’m special. I want somebody else to believe that I’m worthy. Because I already know it, I’m just waiting for someone else to see it.
—  dreamcatcher-777, Do you see it too? Then stop standing in the shadows and show me.
Horizon Zero Dawn and Cultural appropriation: A very different view.

For the first time EVER, I’m sitting on the other side of a discussion about appropriating native culture.  Why?  Well, let me lay the framework.

First off, I’m not a guy who “knows a Native American” or has a “Native friend”  I am a 100% Anishinabe (Ojibway) dude who lives on reserve and has fought racism, stereotypes, pan-Indianism, and cultural appropriation fiercely for as long as I can remember. I’ve been the victim of horrendous racial violence as a child, adolescent, and adult, and I’m also a gamer.

I am the first to point out anything that smacks of any of the above and after I saw the Dia Lacina essay on “Horizon: Zero Dawn” being culturally insensitive and appropriating Native culture, I felt for the first time in a situation like this that I had to say something in rebuttal.

Lacina takes issue with the use of the words Tribal, Primitive, Braves, and Savage being used in the game (fyi they’re used to describe predominantly white people in game and they’re White words we didn’t use to describe ourselves thus I claim no ownership of, nor want to, anymore than I want to be a redskin, Indian or Wahoo)  

It seems (IMO) that most of her beef comes from an apparent belief that numerous aspects of generic tribal culture that appear in the game (making clothing from skins, hunting with spears and bows, living in a Matriarchal society, etc) are the sole domain of the Native American and just to be safe and cleverly keep her POV less subject to scrutiny, she applies it even more broadly to indigenous people world wide (I will just refer to us in particular as NA cuz I’m lazy and I also don’t refer to myself as a Native American) and basically that anything that is remotely “tribal” shouldn’t be used in gaming without our or someone else’s permission.

 In fairness, I don’t know if she’s actually played the game but as someone who is currently in the midst of doing exactly that, I can tell you that I have a pretty good idea of what stuff triggered her being upset and why, and while I absolutely respect her right to get offended by whatever she likes, and she makes excellent points about some other games, I am going to point out that there are flaws with this logic.

First of all, the basics: HZD is set in a post-post-apocalyptic future where people are living in tribal groups in a very destroyed world.  Machines exist but as hybrid animal/dinosaur type creatures and technology is pretty much non-existent in day to day human life.  

The heroine of the story is a red haired, white girl named Aloy who lives as an outcast with her adopted father, Rost.  Without giving a lot away, they are fiercely shunned by the local tribe for something Rost did and also the fact that Aloy is motherless.  

Impressively and rightly, though somewhat dismissively remarked upon by Lacina, is the way women and especially women of color are portrayed so positively in-game as this particular tribe is a total Matriarchy run by elders of various ethnicity.  African, Asian, White, and a variety of undefined people of color are common everywhere in the game.  (The leader of one band of warriors is a very fierce, commanding, intelligently portrayed black woman with a powerful presence.)  It reflects a fairly global society from a “skin color” perspective without any horrible accents or broken speech.

They worship an “All-Mother” goddess and their culture is (at least how I saw a lot of it) fairly heavy on European i.e. Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian, etc type symbolism and the rest is filled in with mostly generic tribal-ish stuff that you could find in countless cultures around the world.

 I really didn’t get a “Native American” vibe off the game.  Of course, I don’t automatically presume to claim sole ownership of things like tribal life, hunting with bows and spears, and worshiping spirits of various elements solely for my own.  Random fact: Because there are over 500 distinct First Nations in N. America, we, believe it or not, didn’t all ride horses, live in tipis, use bows and arrows, tobacco and sage, and worship Eagles and Wolves.  Why? Well…use your brain.  Tobacco and Sage don’t grow EVERYWHERE, horses came over with the Europeans (and if you saw where I live you couldn’t have and cant for the most part get a horse through the bush if you tried) Eagles and Wolves don’t live EVERYWHERE….get the point?  Anyways….

If you examine Rost, he like most of the men has a braided beard and other seemingly Viking/Middle Ages inspired features, is white, speaks clear, unbroken English, and is a loving, protective and very positive role model for the girl.   Aloy for her part, is also fairly Viking-esque (to the point of looking incredibly like Lagaertha from the show Vikings but with red hair) also Egrit from GoT, and is no damsel in distress who needs men to save her. NOWHERE in the game have I encountered any Tipis, wigwams, Sweatlodges, or Non-White people speaking in stereotypical “Me smoke-um peace pipe, He go dat-a way” fashion.

The  opening cinematic is very touching (and long) as we see the orphaned Aloy as a baby in Rost’s care being carried around in a bundle on his back (which pretty much every culture did in one form or another at some point in time) and him ultimately taking her to the spot where a child of the tribe receives it’s name.

I really liked this idea as it isn’t often portrayed in a lot of mediums outside of stereotypical “Dances With Wolves” bullshit. Also, naming ceremonies are not the sole domain of NA people and what occurs bears zero resemblance to any NA ceremony I know of.  (It was actually a little Lion King at one point lol) But it’s a powerful moment in the beginning with much more that occurs during it but I won’t spoil that either.

Aloy herself is a pretty complex character.  She’s extremely independent, defiant, and questions pretty much everything about why things are the way they are and wants to do something about it.  You actually begin playing her as a 6 year old which is pretty unique and even then she’s tough and fearless and determined to explore her world.  

She is in no way hyper-sexualized (I’m looking your way Overwatch) Her clothing and everyone else’s, is utilitarian and appropriate for the environments she lives in, and so far, I have not encountered anything with her or any other character that made me go “WTF?”and trust me, my radar for that shit is HIGHLY SENSITIVE.  This isn’t Avatar, people.  It’s not John Smith. It’s not The Great Wall or Pocahontas.  This isn’t white dude shows up and saves the helpless non-white people while helpless native woman falls in love with him stuff.  It’s a fictitious future where we maniacs blew it up, damn us all to hell!

But here’s the more annoying thing for me as an actual Anishinabe.  I don’t need people speaking for me or getting offended on my behalf.  I am very capable of doing that myself. I am also in no way writing this claiming to be speaking for any other NA people or persons. It’s based on my observations from actually playing HZD and examining the various fictional “cultural” elements in the game.

If you see a skin tied inside a hoop and automatically assume it’s a dreamcatcher” ripping off “our culture” (FYI Dreamcatchers are a 20th century thing whose popularity was a result of pan-Indianism that exploded in the 70s.) or if you see feathers on a spear or as part of a costume (nowhere is anyone wearing a single eagle feather in the back of a beaded headband or a Dakota looking headdress either) and automatically presume it to be ripping off NA culture, you’re REEEEEEEEEEALY reaching.  If you think caring for the environment, obeying matriarchs, worshipping elemental spirits, or making your own clothes is solely the property of NA culture, see previous statement.

By all means get offended.  Get offended by Chief Wahoo.  Get offended by the Washington Redskins.  Get offended that thousands of Native women have been murdered or gone missing and nothing’s been done about it.  Get offended by Johnny Depp or Robert Beltran playing Native people instead of actual Native people getting those roles.  Get offended by shit like Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous 6” where a native woman is called a “hot piece of red prairie meat” or Depp’s “Lone Ranger” movie.

Get offended that my family was destroyed by the Residential Schools and that the 60s scoop took babies away from their families and people, that forced sterilizations took place and mass graves of dead Native children exist at former Residential School sites.

Don’t just jump on the I’m offended bandwagon because you saw some feathers or skins or spears or bows in a game and immediately grew indignant and wanted to claim them as OUR culture.  They’re not.  They’re almost globally universal in numerous cultures at various points in time.  Get offended, as she rightly mentioned, when the game Overwatch sexualizes the shit out of almost every female character and takes West Coast tribal art and makes a costume out of it.  

THAT is appropriation.  White people holding powwows in Europe (powwows are also pretty much not traditional and are extremely pan-Indian, not to mention full of us appropriating each other’s Native cultures ie. Dakotas wearing Jingle Dresses, Ojibway wearing Dakota regalia, etc) is appropriation.

This game……I’m just not seeing it the same way.  And I’m nobody.  I have no ties to Guerilla or anybody other than myself and my community.

I used to be the kind of person who whenever people told me they didn’t like girl groups, I was like, “Oh okay, I can respect your opinion,” but I am honestly at the point where I can’t do that anymore. I’m so tired of hearing my fave idols get slandered because someone made a judgement based off of two girl group songs they heard 10 years ago. If anyone said anything remotely bad about boy groups, those fans would lose their shit, but girl group stans are expected to sit there and take it. They have to listen to people calling their faves sluts, untalented, etc. They have to listen to people complain about sexy and cute concepts when boy groups can do bad boy concepts out the ass and not get any shit. They have to listen to people talk about how their faves “can’t dance” and how “annoying” their voices are. And if a girl group stan says anything about it, the rebuttal is always, “Well everyone is entitled to their own opinion :)).” I’m not respecting an opinion that is based off of poor judgement and ridicules women. I’m not respecting an opinion that is hypocritical and disrespectful to another human being. Female idols deserve respect and I’m so tired of having to fight for people to see how talented they are. I’m so tired of having to say this shit over and over just because people refuse to treat female idols like humans. Girl groups deserve so much better.

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A commission I bought from @stuffedart. I asked them to do a watercolor of my skelebros Smash and Pyro and it came in the mail earlier today. Everything came safely and fast, and I even kept the little doodle from the parcel because I thought that was really cool, especially with Smashyboy going star-eyed :D I got both now pinned up around my desk area.

Thank you very much for the commision and your service @stuffedart and I hope to see more of your lovely art x)

And yeah I am a nerd on collecting dreamcatchers

Seb/Bucky Fic Recommendations

Bucky

You’re Mine And I’m Yours (fluff, smut)

Take Care Of You (smut, some fluff, angst)

Busted (series w/ some smut, fluff, and angst, reader is Tony’s daughter)

Let Me In (x|x|x|x|x) (shy reader, lots of angst, fluff, some smut at the end)

Untouched (x|x|x|x|x|x) (smut, virgin!Reader, virgin!Bucky)

I Wanna Fuck You Like an Animal (smut, shower sex, dom!Bucky)

Teaching (professor!Barnes AU, smut, dom!Bucky)

Five Sweaters To Make You Want Me (angst, fluff)

Roommates (kinda smutty, fluff)

Flirting 101 (fluff, platonic!Sam x reader)

Best Friends (lots of angst); Friends (angsty, depressive, sad!Bucky); More Than Friends (some angst, fluff, happy ending)

Slow (love making, fluffy first time, insecure!Bucky)

Animals (high school AU, mostly smut, car sex)

The Five Times Bucky Barnes Kisses You (angst, fluff, smut)

Good Grief (miscarriage, angst, sad af, happy ending)

Say Something (angst)

I Almost Told You (pure smut)

I Can Be Your Dick (smut)

Cherry Pie (smut, stripper!Reader)

Love Me Like You Do (shower sex, love making)

I Love You Okay? Happy Now? (angsty, jealous!Reader, happy ending)

Only One (smut)

I Warned You (teasing Bucky over the phone, smut, dom!Bucky)

Nightmares (smut, slight fluff)

Beg For It (smut, cocky!Bucky, sub!Bucky)

Roses (fluff, smut, daddy kink)

Earned It (masturbation, smut, Bucky helping reader get off)

Soft Scruff (smut, fluff, hot af *cough cough*)

I Need You Though (smut, 40s Bucky before he ships off)

Days Like This (Bucky taking care of you while you are on your period, fluffy af)

You’re Right (angst, fluff at the end)

Loathing (angst, insecure!Bucky, fluff)

Sleep Deprivation (smut, cocky!Bucky, you longing for him and blushing and dripping when he flirts with you lmao)

A Better Form Of Therapy (smut, kinda graphic gif hehe)

Green With Envy (smut, jealous!Bucky, rough!Bucky, spanking)

Babygirl (smut, Buck’s nightmares)

Mission Save-The-Princess (angst, angry reader, fluff at the end)

Help (smut, dry humping, you and Bucky are on a mission and you have to sleep in the same bed at the hotel)

Treat You Better (angst, cheating, fluff, overprotecting! Bucky, the reason I love this song to death now)

Sunday (fluff, you comforting Bucky after another nightmare)

Hiding Hickeys (fluff, a lil smutty)

After A Mission (angst, fluff, Bucky being sad and lonely after a mission)

Bubble Baths (fluff, and basically the cutest fucking fic ever)

Closet Sex (smut)

Seriously, What Is Poking Me (foreplay, horny Bucky *winky wonk wonk*)

Best Bang For Your Buck (smut, the whole team places a betting pool on you and Bucky, and catches you two banging)

The Quiet Game (smut, fingering, graphic gif)

Secrets (fluff, awkwardness, platonic Steve and Sam)

Hands All Over (smut, slight fluff, dirty talk, mutual masturbation, 69)

Victoria’s Secret (smut, sex in a changing room, thigh riding, daddy kink)

Mine (smut, possessive!Bucky)

Sebastian

Make Me Feel Better (fluff, smut)

Want You Babygirl (legit the best smut I’ve read in my entire life)

What You Do To Me (college AU, light smut)

Animal (smut, handcuffs, Seb speaking Romanian)

Olympus On It’s Knees (smut, cocky!Sebastian ;))

Never Again (smut, sexual tension, daddy kink)

What You Started (angst, fluff, smut, actress!Reader)

Do You Remember? (smut, you are Seb’s housekeeper)

Indecent Proposal (smut, threesome with Chris Evans *wink wink*)

Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (fluff)

Another You (angsty af, cheating, happy ending tho)

I’m Yours (angst, cheating, sad ending, the reason I cry every time I hear Secret Love Song but still love it more than life)

Busy (fluff, smut, thigh riding)

Spin The Bottle (fluff, heavy make out session, shirtless Seb, jealous!Seb)

Esti Al Meu (smut, jealous!Seb, possessive!Seb)

Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too (phone sex while Seb is filming in Ireland); Ireland (rough smut)

Drabbles, One-shots, Imagines

Dating Bucky Barnes Would Include

Love Man (Bucky and reader get caught by Tony and Sam. Smut mentioned)

It’s what a best friend is for (blowjob for Virgin!Bucky

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby (Sam, Nat, Wanda, and Bucky have a conversation about your Sex Life)

5 Times Bucky Sees You Shirtless

Bucky drabble (prompts: stop, make me, I know; Bucky teasing you while you’re driving)

Fingers (short smutty drabble)

Ridding Bucky’s Thigh (daddy kink)

Nope, I’m Out (your dad Tony Stark knocks on the door as you are having sex with Bucky)

I’m Never Sending You Nudes Again

Need a Hand (Bucky jerking off)

Taking a Shower with Bucky (sad/insecure!Bucky, you comforting him in the shower, no smut)

Wearing Bucky’s Clothes

Sex with Bucky Barnes

Imagine This (smutty)

Because I’m In Love With You! (a bit angsty, fluff)

More Than Words (insecure!Bucky, fluff)

Dreamcatcher (fluff, you helping Bucky with his nightmares)

The New Kid (fluff, Peter can’t keep his mouth shut, spilling some of Bucky’s secrets to you)

I Found (Bucky’s POV, kinda angsty and fluffy, this is honestly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read *cries for eternity*)

You have to film an intense sex scene with someone else and Seb gets jealous (short drabble, no smut)

Spending The Night With Bucky Would Include (FLUFF)

Diary (mentions of smut, cocky!Bucky)

Ultimate Ship Meme

Truth (playing truth or dare with Bucky, Steve, Nat, Sam, and Scott)

Taking A Shower With Bucky Like

Accidentally In Love (fluff, poor lil Bucky accidentally falls in love with you)

You Are In Love (fluff)

Cute Couple Moment With Seb (fluff, ft the bronze tattoo)

A Few Fluffy TJ Fics bc baby deserves love

Camping

Cough Syrup

Someone You Like

Originally posted by tompollander

A/N: I mentally sobbed while typing this, this is adorable and i probably should focus on my school work now whoops. Leave any requests in my messages or asks !

Prompt: based off the song “Someone You Like” by The Girl And The Dreamcatcher, with ramblings from Tom’s mind, then the reader’s mind, then ends with Tom’s again.

Pairing: Tom Holland x Reader

Warnings: adorable, the fluffiest, you will probably cry at how cute this is


“I saw you with that ribbon in your hair
Think that I began to stare
Maybe I’ll love you for a while”

There she was. The girl I always see in the same coffee shop every day. With that adorable thin blue ribbon in her hair. Every time I come in and see her, I stare until she leaves. Sounds kinda creepy, but she’s beautiful. If it’s possible, I  feel like I’ve fallen in love. One-sided love at first sight.

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Okay I have a theory about the new logo!
So on the left there’s just a normal moon which I guess might represent the “before” side of the album. However the the other side it looks a lot like an eclipse which might represent the “after” side of the album as they tend to have bad meanings. Also eclipses are associated with supernatural things which might explain why the members looked like witches/vampires in the “after” teasers.
This is just a random idea i had I hope it makes sense~!

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Has anyone ever noticed the parallels between Taylor Lautner’s characters from child to teen. In The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl we see little Lautner singing a song entirely about dreams even giving it the title “Dream, Dream, Dream”. Then a few years down the road he lands the role as the hottie werewolf Jacob Black in Twilight. Where in the production of that the first gift he gives to Bella is a dream catcher. Coincidence?? I think not!