lol okay okay okay. chill the fuck out. I can’t tag, or i’m sorry, it is ‘inappropriate’ for me to tag #native american, although that is the culture that the “war bonnet” derived from? saying that all of those things are hurtful is like saying that wearing camouflage print is hurtful to soldiers in America. lol again, chill out man.
obviously they’re not a fashion statement. but I think they are interesting, and look nice. it’s not a “terrible stereotypical caricature”. google native american and i guarantee you’ll see pictures of native americans wearing such things. dear tumblr user, you seriously have too much time on your hands. i understand wanting to end ignorance, but choose a better example.
Read. The fucking. Links.
It is not appropriate to tag that image #Native American because it has nothing to do with NDN people or cultures; it’s only an image of appropriation.
Here’s a quick checklist for whether it’s ok to wear a war bonnet:
Was it placed onto your head by an elder/legitimate authority figure from a select number of plains nations because you personally achieved something so great that it is worthy of that kind of honor? (corrolary: If yes to the above, are you currently wearing it in an appropriate ceremonial fashion/setting? Like are you at a powwow or speaking with the president?)
If you answered ‘no’ then IT IS NOT OK.
Any more than it would be ok to buy a decorated veteran’s purple heart that he had to pawn and put -that- on for a sexy photoshoot -because you were bored-. What you are doing is that kind of disrespect, on top of the slap in the face that is cultural appropriation in general.
Please take the picture down. Don’t post more like it. It is your choice to reblog racist, appropriative images. You don’t have to do it.