operation: take back the tag

It's time for this post again.

When is it appropriate to tag things #Native American:

Are you posting in an NDN language(ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ, etc)?

(I’d have examples here but I cant find any posts near the top of tags I follow and google’s being made of fail about searching. Anyhow…)

THE MOST APPROPRIATE. CARRY ON.

Are you, the poster, NDN - and posting something pertaining to your life or your family?

Examples:

Nakkyy posts about a summer program called “Math and Science for Minority Students”

Stuffmayalikes posts a family photo

Moniquill posts beadwork in progress and snark

Nativeamericansdoingstuff posts exactly what it says on the tin.

SUPER APPROPRIATE! In fact, you probably don’t have to read further since anything you post becomes relevant to #Native American by default!

For everyone else:

Are you posting photos, videos, or legitimate quotes of/by NDN people (even if they are not you)?

This kid in amazing regalia

This kid flipping a skateboard

This popular indigenous musician

This vintage photo of A Kalispel girl

APPROPRIATE!

Are you posting photos of art or works of fiction created by NDN people?

These beaded, quilled earrings

This steampunk video

This erotica excerpt

This beadwork in progress

This pottery, and the Yuma woman who made it

These Drawings

Everything posted by fyeahnativeamericanart

APPROPRIATE!

Are you posting about events in the tumblr/larger online NDN tags/community?

This discussion of a person who had an NDN skull as a curio

This blog about shit people say to NDNs

The post you are reading right now

APPROPRIATE!

Are you posting about events/facts concerning the NDN community offline?

This post about the appropriation of Lakota spirituality

This post about the housing crisis in Wasagamack

This post about teen suicide on the rez

A post about NDN representation in video games

APPROPRIATE!

Are you posting legitimate quotes ABOUT NDN people or communities, even if they are not BY NDN people, because they’re relevant to historical record and ongoing conversation (microagressions and discussions of racism qualify here)?

This post about the appropriation of War Bonnets

This 1830’s quote about manifest destiny

This De-Occupy Rattlesnake Island post

This post about the problematic language of the Occupy movement at large

APPROPRIATE!

All of the above is totally legit for #Native American! This list is not exhaustive, but you should get the idea.

Now on the other hand….

Are you posting pictures of dreamcatchers that were probably made in china (also applies to all other ‘native art’ not made by natives) because you bought it? Or your shitty, appropriative arts and crafts project?

A really shitty chicken feather ‘war bonnet’

Your ‘dream catcher’ made from the vomit of the bargain bin at the craft store

NOT APPROPRIATE.

Are you posting shit clearly made up by white people that’s attributed falsely to NDN people that you found on google and are SO DEEPLY MOVED BY?

That ‘two wolves’ bullshit (Why it’s bullshit)

This ‘Native American Proverb’

This asspull assertion about Native American Shamans

This ‘Native American Zodiac’

The Native American Code Of Ethics

NOT APPROPRIATE.

Are you posting art clearly made by non-NDNs which depicts Hollywood Indians or Appropriators? I AM LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU, CECILY.

The OP who thought she looked Native American because she’s with a wolf

Wolves in the Sky with feathers!

‘Indian Head’ tattoo. Just as offensive as the ‘Gypsy Head’ tattoos that are also popular kitchy flash.

Screencap from Disney’s Peter Pan

NOT APPROPRIATE*

Are you posting shit with pendleton patterns or random geometric patterns on it? How about random items made of leather, fur, or feathers? And this stuff is not specifically identified as being made by NDN people?

This cowl

This machine-printed felt blanket

This fleece jacket

NOT APPROPRIATE

Are you posting photos of yourself/your friends wearing busted-ass stereotype clothing/dressed as 50’s style Hollywood Indians? Or reblogging others’ photos of the same? HINT: IF SOMEONE IS WEARING A WAR BONNET OR OTHER HEADDRESS AND IT ISN’T AT A FORMAL, REVERENT OCCASION (POWWOW COUNT), IT IS PROBABLY THIS.

These two girls in war bonnets sitting on the floor

These hipsters sitting on a wood pile

This girl squatting in a riverbed

These little children at a ‘Thanksgiving’ event

This naked white woman in a chicken feather war bonnet on a horse

These photos of a woman and her child in ‘war paint’

NOT REMOTELY APPROPRIATE. CUT THIS SHIT OUT. THIS IS BAD AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD.

*Can be totally appropriate if you’re posting for the sake of discussing the problematic portrayal of Native Americans in the piece. Yes, this includes snarking the fuck out of it.

This list is also not exhaustive, but you should get the idea.

#NATIVE AMERICAN IS FOR THINGS PERTAINING TO ACTUAL NATIVE AMERICANS.

PLEASE REBLOG FREELY.

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For Take Back the Tag, I’m posting that hot deleted scene from Skin Deep. Look at the longing on Rumple’s face as he’s with Belle. This is why I love this ship, he has no delusions about who he is and he knows he doesn’t deserve Belle. He loves her because of that, she dared to love a monster when no one else would.

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Do You Want To Be a Sister

THIS IS MAKING ME QUESTION EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW ABOUT MY VOCATION. WHY ARE NUNS SO PRECIOUS.