Cultural Appropriation: A Fixable Cultural Crime
Cultural appropriation is a sensitive topic. Who has the right to say what is and isn't cultural appropriation? When someone uses what they think is "Native American themed" or "inspired", it's likely appropriating cultures that are still alive today. It can be someone telling everyone that their great great grandmother is Cherokee with only family lore as "proof". It's fake dreamcatchers and headdresses.
Cultural appropriation is harmful. It promotes and perpetuates stereotypes. It seeps into every aspect of Native lives. Hard to believe, but it's true. It may not affect the average non-Native, but too many people are guilty of it for it to continue today.
Learn how defensiveness and accusations of "PC culture" are wrong. There are respectful ways to show appreciation! Learn how.
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- Learn the harm that comes with appropriating Native identity, such as the grandmother myth. Or how ancestry website results doesn't make one Native.
- Knowing the difference between appreciation, inspiration and appropriation. What uplifts, what influences, and what steals from a variety of cultures.
- Build confidence to ask respectful questions and to confront appropriation where you see it. Learn how to be an ally.
Alexandra Watson, Administrator, NtvTwt.com