I have been hearing about this topic quite a bit and it seems like some people have strong views about it. Some people think it's offensive towards Native Americans while others think it's okay and say that anything is allowed in fashion. So, do you think it is wrong for people in the fashion industry to wear Native American headdresses, especially if they are not Native American themselves? Do you consider this to be cultural appropriation? What is your opinion?
I think that while culture acceptance and integration of Native American culture would be a great thing for Americans to do, as it would create an environment where American and Native Americans could understand each other better, I think that we must respect the traditions of the Native Americans when they confer a significant meaning. The frivolity of fashion should not be a place where we integrate Native American themes into our society, especially when taking a symbol of respect and leadership and turning it into a show piece. That'd be like making a carnival ride out of the Lincoln Memorial.
It IS cultural appropriation AND offensive no matter how you look at it. No exceptions. Those who say it's not are highly ignorant and clearly don't care about the Native Americans they disrespect so easily. The headdress is a sacred object worn only by those who have done great things for/in their tribe, and nowadays it's mostly worn during ceremonies. If you are not Native American and if you haven't earned it, you are not allowed to wear a headdress. Even if it's some knockoff from China that you bought on ebay. It's seen as highly inappropriate and Native Americans have requested that people don't wear them, since it's something that means a lot to them and you are ruining its meaning by turning it into some fashionable/trendy/cool thing to wear at a rave or photo shoot. Respect the wishes of the people it really belongs to. Please accept that it is not an object meant for you to wear. It is not cool. It is not trendy. It is not fashionable. It's cultural appropriation and it's wrong.
I find it strange how selectively offended people are by things. A Native American headdress is used in religious ceremonies and is a sacred object to many who still practice their religions. I feel like if someone wore a sexy priest or nun outfit people would be wayyyy more offended simply due to the fact that Christianity is more mainstream in America. There have been people who have been kicked out of school or threatened for wearing a mocking Jesus outfit for Halloween yet it's totally cool to make a mockery out of Native American religious figures and artifacts? Things like this make me realize how hypocritical most people are. We should either be universally offended or not offended at all and just let everything fly. People think so inwardly that we only care when things blaspheme against our own beliefs or convictions but will turn around and easily do it to others. I don't understand humanity I really don't.
1. These girls sure make the gear seem far more sexier & beautiful for sure :D <3 2. I have always been of the opinion that the native American head dress is very regal 3. Isn't it ironic that the very people's ancestors who decimated the native Americans are talking about the usage being offensive. It's probably some sort of insecurity than anything else. 4. I personally think it's a tribute to the native Americans if it's worn with respect, maybe you should have added vote 'D' for this point :)
I go back and forth on it. I've come up with this answer.
Some Native Americans (and by the way, I go back and forth on whether or not we should call them "Native Americans" or "Indians") are offended, to which I answer they have every right to be offended. It's important, by the way, to note that it's only SOME Native Americans.
On the other hand, people have every right to wear them and not care if someone is offended.
By the way, why is this just a woman's fashion trend?
I think it's fine, except in one case. What I think about are Scottish tartans... some families have their own tartan and I would find it rude if one of those would be stolen and used commercially. So if there are specific styles or color patterns of headdress that are specific to certain groups of native Americans, I would be against commercial use of them. In all other cases, I suppose it's fine though they should not make the headdresses look ridiculous. Like in Halloween costumes or so :-(
Look its a headdress. Nobody actually wears this thing to work, only at some Rave concert or something, and thats like once a year anyway. Everyone is always finding new ways to be offended about something. -_- its a headdress, not a swastika
Well between the eagle feathers and the fact that the headdress actually means something with religious and cultural significance, It is also male only. I would say no. It would be like a nude model wearing a nuns habit
I think that it's wrong. These things have hugely important spiritual and cultural significance and they should be respected as such, not just treated casually like they're just elaborate pieces of fashion.
It probably shouldn't be identical to a cheif hat and their outfit shouldn't look like a over the top costume, but for a modern tribal twist it looks really cool. I love the first and the third ones. The second is too costuming and would be annoying for me since its so long
It's very wrong when those who design and wear the pieces don't know what the colors or symbols mean or represent. Native Americans (and other cultures such as African/Asian) have different meanings for specific colors and patterns than Western cultures. It's like: if you don't know what it means to wear this, then don't wear it.