anonymous asked:

whats the difference between culture appreciation and culture appropriation, because in that pic you're wearing salwaar kameez which is traditionally worn by pakistani women, and i'm pretty sure you're not pakistani, doesn't that make it culture appropriation?

Cultural appropriation is trying to steal and claim a culture that is not yours, like having traditional dress being associated with your culture. So for example, feathers In the hair is apart of the Native American culture and it has a deep meaning. White people have culturally appropriated that look and called it “hippie fashion”. Completely ignoring the origins of that look

Cultural appreciation is appreciating the beauty of a culture and giving full credit to that culture. I am appreciating the dessi culture and recognizing that the beautiful outfit I’m wearing is from Pakistan. Im not claiming,renaming, or stealing the outfit.

PSA: Yes, “Spirit Animals” Are Cultural Appropriation- That Means You


[NB: if you (like me) are non-Native and you reblogged agentotter’s commentary PLEASE read sofriel’s refutation below. “Spirit Animal” as a non-Native phrase is SUPER FUCKED UP.]






Petition to start using “patronus” instead of “spirit animal” because not being appropriative is pretty rad.

Okay let’s go through this one more time. Deep breath.

If you think the concept of “spirit animals” comes from Native American religious practices, you are wrong. Also, you’re probably basing your ideas about Native American spiritualism on movies that are incredibly, extremely, offensively wrong. (Spoiler alert: You cannot actually paint with all the colors of the wind.) You’re also failing to understand that Native American and First Nations people are not a homogeneous group, that they do not now and have never existed as a single people with a single set of beliefs. In short, what I’m saying is that just this once, calling this appropriation is actually the thing that is offensive.

If you think the concept of “spirit animals” is specific to any one cultural or religious practice, you are wrong. This idea of animal guides and related ones — like shape-shifting, people possessed by the spirits of animals, particular interpretations of animal dreams, a certain attitude toward the hunting of animals, etc etc — have roots in all sorts of ancient religions, including eastern Shamanic religions, Celtic religions, really religions of of every description… I could go on. Essentially it’s animism, which is common to the whole of human experience, because there isn’t a culture on this planet that doesn’t have a complex, deep-rooted relationship of some kind with animals. But “spirit animals” as most of us understand the concept? Is a made-up thing. Just like Harry Potter’s patronus. Just like His Dark Materials’ daemons. Just like basically any other “inoffensive” alternative on offer.

Essentially, “spirit animal” is a trope. I happen to fucking love that trope. I think it’s fun and interesting. It’s not a real concept, except possibly for Wiccans and New Agers, both of whom appropriated the concept from — guess what! — their completely wrong ideas about Native spiritual practices. I’m willing to bet that everything you’ve ever learned about Native religions came from a white person. I’m willing to bet that it’s wrong.

For all these people who want to be sensitive to Native culture, you can do a lot better than defending their honor from a concept that isn’t theirs in the first place. (You can start by acknowledging that it’s New Age, not Native. AT ALL.) There are so many ways you can learn about Native culture and the problems that tribes face directly from the people themselves. You could start small. Read some Sherman Alexie. Watch Reel Injun orIncident at Oglala on Netflix. Read up on why exactly casting Johnny Depp as Tonto is fucking horrible. Try actually learning something about what they’re going through (basically a never-ending shitstorm of oppression and erasure) and you can help just by being more informed. Become a social justice crusader foractual social justice issues. Still not sure about the spirit animal thing? These Natives would be happy to tell you all about it. And these ones. And this one. (tl;dr: They’re sick of your bullshit.)

This information about “spirit animals” not being a thing makes sense, but I’m not really clear on how referencing a stereotypical, New-Age misinterpretation of Native American religion is that much less offensive/appropriative than improperly referencing an actual Native American religious concept? Doesn’t appropriation usually involve portraying the original culture(s)/religion(s) inaccurately?

that makes sense to me, and I’ve definitely also read things by Native folks here writing against using the term “spirit animal”, although I can’t find any of them just now. perhaps sofriel or moniquill (or others, I’m not sure who else follows me) might have more input.

No. Nooooooooooooooo. No. God, I would like to make a rule where non-Natives are not allowed to make any sort of statements on the appropriativeness or non-appropriativeness of “spirit animals” ever again. 

Fact 1: I am Native. So-called “spirit animals” are part of my spiritual tradition, which is Metis-Anishinaabe. They’re usually called by the Anishinaabe word, which I am not putting on the internet, or “spirit/dream helpers” in English. Natives in fact are not, gasp, homogeneous, and omg some of us have different spiritual traditions than others! (look, I can do the obnoxious patronizing voice too!) And so just because you point to three Native people from cultures that don’t have such a tradition doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist! This tradition is a VERY sacred one, and thanks to colonization it is being forgotten in huge amounts, to the extent that most young Natives don’t even really know much about it—a situation exacerbated by the popular appropriation of “spirit animals.”

Fact 2: Yes, people around the world have and had similar traditions of spirit helpers, who are frequently animals. HOWEVER, the concept of spirit animals in popular culture came from anthropologists’ descriptions of Native American religions (see Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life). It doesn’t matter if the ancient Celts had similar practices, because spirit animals are associated in the popular imagination with Natives, not Celts. I and other Natives regularly get asked, “Can you tell me what my spirit animal is??” Irish people, for instance, do not. And “it’s not Native, it’s New Age” my ass.Where the hell do you think the New Agers got it from? They got it from anthropology textbooks and from the hippies who went to the reservations in the 60s seeking Noble Savage enlightenment.

Fact 3: The fact that spirit animals in popular culture are a bastardized form of Native traditions does not mean they are not appropriative or harmful. Why? Because the popular idea of it comes to supersede the original meaning, infantilizing our traditions.Non-Natives start to think that they understand our traditions, and that they are primitive, rather than actually consulting and trying to understand. This gets bad when those non-Natives are the ones with control over our legal ability to practice our religion. Non-Native appropriation of the sweatlodge incorrectly done and causing death, for example, has resulted in greater restrictions on Native sweatlodges, because the non-Native interpretation was assumed to be representative. 

Fact 4: Appropriation is a part of Native oppression, not a decoy issue, good lord. This attitude of popular ownership of Native traditions causes people to deny Natives the right to practice our religion, which is tied to the colonization and denial of access to our landbase since our practices are often linked to specific places, which is tied to the situation on reservations. It’s tied to the psychological state of our people, because you try growing up with having everyone making an utter mockery of your religion and see how your self-esteem comes out.

And yeah, I will also say, if calling out appropriation is the only thing you’re doing to help Native people, if you are just shouting “Don’t wear headdresses!” and don’t actually get why it’s a problem, then yes, you’re kinda failing as an ally. But appropriation is part of the violence being done to indigenous people. 

You did get one thing right though, we are sick of your bullshit. Very, very sick of it.


I see a lot of ppl on my dash reblogging the post where someone else says that “spirit animal” is not a racist or culturally appropriative term because it’s “New Age” and not Native—but that doesn’t erase the v v smart and true response that sofriel explains above: where did the New Agers get that stereotype and how are you acting in concert with their racism???

Please stop with your weak attempts to justify your appropriation. PSA over


B.Yellowtail | The Mighty Few Collection

Native American Fashion Without Cultural Appropriation

“Her endgame is to create a space where Native designers thrive, and where support, appreciation and respect for their craftsmanship overtakes appropriative efforts to slap a few feathers and beads on an outfit and call it ‘Native-inspired.’ The richness and diversity of indigenous artisanship deserves to be seen, she says. Native artists deserve to have their own work bought, not appropriated without context or recognition of the original cultures from which it came.” (via)


Rain Dances of the Jemez Pueblo

The rain dances of the Jemez Pueblo people are documented in a 1947 film from Dudley Pictures Corporation’s “This Land is Ours” series of educational travelogues. Rain dances are a form of weather modification that span a number of cultures across the world. The ritual has deep historical roots and is still practiced in a diverse range of areas, including Zimbabwe, Slovakia, and Native American communities. While many Native American rituals involved only men, the rain dance was unique in that women also participated—an indication of the importance of rain to the entire community. The dance was more common to Native American tribes who lived in dry, Southwestern regions which received little rain. Indeed, the Pueblos, who have historically resided in a very arid region of New Mexico, have a particularly intricate rain dance. Movements, costumes, and instruments are chosen and designed for their symbolic qualities. For example, the beating of a drum might represent thunder; a white woven sash, flowing water; and turquoise appliques, rain droplets. 

Today I taught myself how to make dreamcatchers. I have always wanted to learn how but for some reason never tried!

After a bit of research of their origin and purpose I learnt that the feathers are an integral part of the design. Many of the native American tribes believed that dreams floated past a sleepers subconscious, some negative and some positive. The web of the dreamcatcher captures the negative thoughts while the positive ones pass through the web and travel down to the very tips of the feathers and into the sleepers subconscious resulting in peaceful sleep and in turn a peaceful waking life.

I liked the idea of the positive thoughts travelling through the feathers, and so thought it would be nice to use real feathers instead of those weird synthetic ones from two buck shops. I live close to a canal so today I went on a feather collecting walk and found all of these to put on my dreamcatcher. I think it’s nice to have local bird feathers too, so I reckon that if you are to make one you should go hunting for feathers in your local area, or else somewhere special to you.

Just thought I would share my latest hobby! I think the feathers that I found are very beautiful. Happy dreaming tumblrers!


23rd Annual Grand Celebration(Pow-Wow);B&W;Digital;Nikon

Did photos at the 23rd Annual Grand Celebration(Pow-Wow), It felt good to be doing some Native American Culture/Pow-Wow Photography again, anyways here’s a sneak peak! If you enjoy what you saw be sure to check out the rest on my website.


What Non Natives dont realize either when it comes to cultural appropriation or stereotypes is how much these experiences stick with us. I can think of many instances from the time that I was a child of the way I dealt with micro aggressions and was treated inferior. When they wear a dead Native on a tee shirt, dress up in a costume, or get a Native tattoo, its an exotic exploit, an after thought. They do it once and IF their settler colonial privilege is challenged they trivialize it by deeming it a useless argument or “not a big deal” and they move on with their lives. For us to deal with their games of dress up its a message of dehumanization that we see reinforced daily through all facets of life. The realities of oppression through the various statistics on top of the historical trauma is a reality that Natives can never just wake up and choose to ignore. Every little microaggression is just a reinforcement of settler colonial systems that were established from the origins of America with the intent to terminate and erase Natives. Every little image that hints at the vanishing Native trope is a contribution to federal policies and settler intent to erase Natives. 

my grandfather wasn’t put in a boarding school where he was mentally and physically abused in an attempt to destroy our culture so you can wear your tacky-ass “NAVAJO AZTEC GENEROKEE PRINT” leggings from forever 21, obnoxiously scream out “that is SOOOO MY SPIRIT ANIMAL”, and appropriate dream catchers so you can look ~boho-chic~ like go fuck yallselves

i’m the king of dragging @ alex u ain’t ready for me

If you guys don’t know who zubat (Alex Yrigoyen) is, they’re basically some blogger that is really popular because they look like Ruby Rose don’t even lie you know if her blog was the way it is but she didn’t look like Ruby she probably would not have this much attention like really. They have been known to lie and scam.

Before I begin I’d like to say there’re certain topics and ideas I’m not going to touch because I’m not educated enough on Native American culture to be trying to call her out on certain things. This is a list of things I’ve compiled with explanations and links to certain posts where people have called her out that are reliable, to me at least. A lot of this stuff is from so I’m just throwing that out there.

Also, you’re going to see that I switch between they/her a lot but Alex has stated that they are fine with any pronouns. As a non-binary person, I know how frustrating and insulting it is to have somebody use the wrong pronouns. I took my time to look for their proper pronouns before making this post.

Now that you know who they are and have read the disclaimer I’m going to tell you why they fuckin suck.

They’re a whitey pretending to be Native American for style points on the internet. You’re putting on this costume so that you can pretend to be oppressed now that PoC have taken over tumblr, which is a slap in the face to PoC, especially Natives.

Here is a link to a screenshot of their website where it clearly states they are Spanish-born. Spanish as in being from Spain. Another link to a screenshot where she claimed to be born in Barcelona for inked magazine. But their birth record (click here) says they were born in California.

They claimed to be Cherokee but now are saying that they’re Nahua/Mexica and Yaqui… What happened to being Cherokee? BITCH WHERE did it go?

Credit for the above

She said that her family lives on reservations that apparently don’t even exist (credit).

invalidated pansexuality (credit)

They started up The Leelah Project to lure people into giving her money that was supposed to go towards providing care packages to trans people. Very few of the donations made it out, about one or two people have said they have received packages out of the many who have made requests. (credit) She’s most likely keeping items she likes for herself and keeping cash donations for herself.

Multiple people have requested packages from their project that didn’t get them. Apparently they told somebody that they were going to send them stuff but didn’t (credit).

Here is a way for you to find out that the charity isn’t real.

They used somebody’s death to embezzle over ten grand that is fucked.

Said that their frightened dog was more important than people (specifically veterans) suffering with ptsd (credit), which my mom has (my mother was in this airforce, has been through several traumatic incidence when she was in the aifroce and after, and has been strangled and almost killed by a family member). Fuck you. I would consider this making fun of people with ptsd and saying that you’re dog is more important isn’t funny or cute. Yes, this was probably something that wasn’t said out of ill will or malice but there’re certain topics you don’t touch when you’re trying to be funny.

Most likely lied about being a nurse (credit). I searched different variations of her name in the engine provided in the credit link and nothing came up.

Here is the post where they made this claim.

Said she was working at NASA when she just took a one time tour there (credit). All she does to “prove” that she works there is wear a lanyard. I’m gonna go buy a bvb lanyard at hot topic and tell everybody that I joined the band. They’ll believe me because I have a lanyard.

They claims to be paid well (link here)

Yet they’re constantly asking for donations. (credit to the person who pointed this out) and here is a screencap of her donate button located on her blog

They might have said (i’m not sure if she actually did bc i haven’t looked for this particular post i’m going off of what another person said. I wouldn’t be surprised if this were true and quite frankly I believe it) not to objectify them because they are not a woman, implying that hey it’s okay to objectify women just not non-binary people and if I was a woman you would be able to objectify me. (credit)

Also there was this ugly ass post that just bugged the fuck out of me. (credit)

Their selfies literally get thousands of notes (check for yourself they range from 1k-29k notes this one has over 200,000), they claim to have over 100,000 followers, and this post itself has 1k+ notes. Why are you saying this? Why do you need more attention? Just because somebody doesn’t want to reblog a photo of your fake ass doesn’t mean that they hate bisexual non-binary people. Honestly. Why. Did. You. Need. To. Make. This.

Here’s proof that they claim to have 100,000 followers btw.

Just take a look at this text post. (You need to go to the reblog page it to see the description but it’s worth it)

This has to do with the NAS/nurse job they said they had/have.

But why would your mom be worried about your tattoos keeping you from a job if you work at NASA and are a nurse.

Another thing, it’s sketch af that after getting called out, she privated her instagram account. Most likely an attempt to keep further evidence of lying away from the people blasting her.

if u wanna reblog photos of a beautiful african-american and cherokee non binary lord then go through the angel haze tag on tumblr and reblog their face


Please reblog if you post any of the following: 

- Durarara.
- Shingeki No Kyojin.
- Canis Canem Edit/Bully.
- City Landscapes.
- Chinese Culture.
- Japanese Culture.
- Native American Culture.
- Pokemon. 
- Pewdipie. 
- The Legend Of Zelda.
- The Walking Dead.
- Wolves.
- Dragons.
- Game Of Thrones.
- Exo.
- Teen Top.
- Nu'est.
- Infinite.

Thank you everyone. ;u;