native american headdresses

@ white people who think wearing eagle feather headdresses is just a costume and doesn’t offend natives, I was at a powwow yesterday and one of the dancer’s who was a war veteran accidentally dropped an eagle feather while dancing and we had to stop the entire powwow, the head man and some other elders had to stop and pray over the feather before picking it up. The guy who dropped the father gave a speech, while almost in tears, about how sorry he was to have dropped the feather and how it represented the choices he had to make in combat and the lives of people that were taken, and he ended up passing the feather on to another young dancer instead of keeping it because he felt so ashamed. This is how much eagle feathers mean to a lot of our nations, and that’s how important it is to native veterans. Wearing eagle feathers as a costume or without having to go through combat is disgusting and you ARE offending our traditions and values. Stop. You cannot understand the importance of our customs and you do not deserve to wear eagle feathers.

I just saw this beautiful girl on my walk to class! I love her message and that she is willing to stand in the rain for what she believes in. #stopculturalappropriation

** EDIT** Hello! I’m so glad this is getting so much attention!!  I was just messaged this and wanted to share with you all who are interested: 

Recent #justracistthings in high-end fashion & beauty
  • In 2010, Jean-Paul Guerlain of Guerlain said he “worked like a n****r” to create a new scent
  • In 2016, Victoria’s Secret Angel Taylor Hill mocked an Arab man’s accent with her 30 something year old boyfriend in a taxi in Paris that was posted on Snapchat
  • In 2014, Zadig & Voltaire claimed that its boutique in a Parisian hotel will not be open to Chinese tourists
  • In 2013, Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Giampaolo Sgura wore blackface to an “African themed” party
  • In 2010, Swedish model Theres Alexandersson wrote on her blog that she was yelled by a  “n****r girl” on the subway
  • In 2015, Danish model Kirstin Kragh Liljegren posted racist remarks on Instagram and posted a meme on Facebook that stereotyped/mocked Black Americans
  • In 2010, Australian model Cassi Van Den Dungen posted a series of racist rants on Facebook that targeted East/Southeast Asians in France
  • In 2017, Gigi Hadid mocks the appearance of East/Southeast Asians
  • In 2016, Toni Garrn’s fondness for the n-word is exposed by Jourdan Dunn
  • In 2013, Sebastian Kim defends his use of a white model in blackface for an editorial titled “African Queen” for Numero France
  • In 2014, Dasha Zhukova poses for an online magazine in which she sits on a chair with a mannequin of a Black woman underneath dressed in bondage
  • In 2012, Karlie Kloss walked down the Victoria’s Secret runway in a  racially-insensitive Native American-themed outfit
  • In 2013, Chanel ignorantly showcased Native American headdresses for their pre-fall collection
  • In 2012, Dolce & Gabbana presented earrings that were reminiscent of Blackamoor statues which can be found in Italy, but more recognizably to non-Italians, Aunt Jemima dolls during their spring/summer show
  • In 2013, casting directors Barbara Nicoli and Leila Ananna made racist remarks when commenting about the bodies of Black and Asian models
  • In 2015, Valentino created a spring/summer collection that was inspired by “wild Africa”
  • In 2016, a non-Native American model appeared in red face done by makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench on the pages of CR Fashion Book
  • In 2011, John Galliano claimed that he “loved Hitler” and made a series of anti-Semitic remarks that was caught on video
  • In 2016, Marc Jacobs put non-Black models in dreadlocks for his spring/summer runway collection
  • In 2014, Alessandra Ambrosio posted a picture of herself in a Native American war bonnet at Coachella
  • In 2016, Dolce & Gabbana names a shoe the “slave sandal”
  • In 2014, Sephora deactivated the online accounts of users with “Chinese sounding” surnames
  • In 2015, Ondria Hardin uses the n-word on Instagram
  • In 2015, Sara Sampaio posts a video of herself singing along to the n-word
Asian Representation in Media: The Art of Yellowface and Cultural Appropriation in the name of “Feminism”

There has been a specific issue that has particularly angered and annoyed me. That issue is asian representation in media particularly with the use of yellowface and cultural appropriation in Hollywood/Celebrity Culture. Also the role of Hollywood not casting/hiring asian directors, actors, and actresses. I could talk about Ironfist and Matt Damon in The Great Wall which uses the white saviour narrative and asian people as background characters but I am going to focus on white woman and there “white feminism”.


1. Lets start off recently with the photoshoot Vogue did with Karlie Kloss. In this photoshoot, Karlie Kloss, a white woman, is portraying a geisha with the background being Japan. This is not only a case of yellowface but also an instance for the Western audience of Vogue to consume an orientalist fantasy. Karlie Kloss, has apologized but it means nothing from a person who also wore a Native-American headdress at Victoria Secret fashion show and most likely will not face any consequences for her actions.
2. Scarlett Johansson portraying Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell is another instance of yellowface and a white actor taking a role from an Asian person. There has been a lot of controversy with this movie among asian fans. I haven’t watched the trailer because not going to support this trash movie but from what I read online the whole entire background of the movie is set in Japan. The story/setting is Japanese with scenes of japanese characters death. One argument is but “Motoko is a cyborg, cyborgs don’t have a race”. To shut down that argument in the trailer Motoko’s mom is a Japanese woman and in the manga there are clear visual distinctions between caucasian and asian women. Also there was the whole controversy of CGI people with asian features.
3. Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. There has been controversy this movie with the casting and with the whole Tilda Swinton vs. Margaret Cho emails. First off, two asian characters Wong and the Ancient One in comics were incredibly racist depictions of asian people. The writers and directors changed Wong to not be just a sidekick and manservant to Doctor Strange but to be a strong character by himself, arguably. With that information, they did not even try to do the same with the Ancient One but instead cast a white woman. With the whole Tilda Swinton and Margaret Cho emails it was a classic case of a white woman wanting a person of colour to ease their white guilt and get approval from person of colour to forgive them of their mistakes. Tilda Swinton also tried to play the victim with the whole “it’s hard for a 55-year old, Scottish woman to get roles”. Well, it is hard for asian people to get roles period. Not only that the whole Doctor Strange movie reeked of orientalism.
4. Lastly, the Mulan movie from Disney. Another movie that had a lot of controversy when the initial script had the whole white saviour narrative written on it but then Disney reassured us that it would star asian characters. Mulan, recently got a director, Niki Caro, a white woman. There are so many asian directors that could’ve been given a chance but no they chose a white woman.
There are asian directors that are also women. I solved your problem Disney.

In regards, to Ghost in the Shell, Tilda Swinton, and Mulan this has been framed as a step towards “feminism” or framed as in the name of “feminism”. This isn’t an “asian vs. woman issue” you can have woman who are also from asian descent. WOW. This is literally a prime example of white feminism. Then there is Karlie Kloss who issued the apology with all I want to do is empower women and girls like that is such BS. You only want to empower white women. I am sick and tired of seeing white people take our roles and projects that are aimed for us. All of these examples, the use asian culture and asian people as the background just shows how disposable and unimportant we are and our stories are. It also shows the blatant white supremacy and capitalism interwoven in society/Hollywood. It shows how the “white gaze” works to favour white, Western audiences. There are 48 countries in Asia. We are not monolithic people. All I want and a lot of asians want is proper, media representation of Asian people.

Cultural Appropriation (Knowing Before You Wear)

I don’t very much want to dawdle, so I’m just going to jump right into it.

I don’t care about the white girls wearing dreads or cornrows. I don’t care about it when they wear bindis or the saris, or their Native American headdresses bought off of some Etsy shop. No.

It pisses me off when these girls will wear the traditional Indian wear and not know SHIT about the cultural. They don’t understand the cultural significance and symbolism that accompanies what they call “feather hats”. They don’t know who Ida B Wells was, or the conflicting views between W.E.B Dubois & Booker T. Washington. They wear the cornrows and don’t know why African women and men started wearing them in the first place (a protective style). They’ll celebrate Cinco de Mayo and fetishize Latin - American women, but yet they turn their noses at the immigrants who come with their children to our country in hopes for a better life. They’ll mock the Middle Eastern woman in the mall for wearing her hijab, calling her a “terrorist”, yet they aren’t afraid to pose for the camera, making a mockery of Islam in their videos and their pictures.

They will wear their dreads, bantu knots, cornrows, box braids, etc. But don’t give a flying fuck about the black men and women who originally wore them. They’ll turn a blind eye to police brutality, oppression of People of Color, yet they sure will wear the Biggie & 2pac shirts to music festivals or on instagram or tumblr.

They love sushi & Chinese takeout, kimchi and all of the other delicacies within Asian cultures, but scream profanities at the immigrants escaping from poverty here.

They will wear our cultures, but they sure as hell don’t give a damn about the people who honor them.

Eagle Feathers and their meaning to the Lakota Warriors
Each time the warrior earned a feather, he would either wear it (but he only wore a couple into battle) or put it on a pole used for special occasions. Once he had collected enough feathers, they were then made into a headdress. Because each feather had a special meaning, binding them together in a headdress made that Indian headdress even more special. Only the men, closest friends of the warrior, were involved in making the headdress. The Indian chiefs also “earned” each of their feathers. The most prized of all feathers to receive for an Indian headdress was the Golden Eagle feather. Because the Indians saw the eagle as a messenger of God, this feather could only be earned through hardship, loyalty, and strength

The art of filling out a tee shirt.
Native American skull and headdress appropriated to the task.
Traps.
Delts.
Biceps.
Forearms.
Big hammer fists.
Bald.
Beard.
Ukrainian stud Yaroslav Babych.