Understand that we don't want to fight with you. We would much rather have you as our friends and allies. However, you need to understand that your idea of who we are is incorrect. Studies have shown that 95% of what students know about American Indians was acquired through the media. This is a disturbing fact when you recognize that 90% of the representations in the media, in books, and online are false, skewed, and often racist stereotypes of us, our cultures, and our spiritualities.
Please understand also, that even if you do hold native american ancestry, this does not mean that you are exempt from being called out. You should now better, if you are connected to your tribal or pan-indian community, that if you are dressing up as a racist-stereotypical-caricature that that isn't right.
Due to the lack of accurate representations, information, and education the Native American Tag Hall of Shame will be listing resources for you to help self educate yourself and decolonize your mind.
Before I send you to the list, I will satirically tell you in the tradition of the (blasted) "Two Wolves" story:
A wise person sat with an ignorant person and said "You can bring a horse to water, but you can not make it drink." The ignorant person looked at the wise person perplexed, and the wise person said, "Will you drink the water?"
- Racialicious: Cultural Appropriation- Homage or Insult?
- Zine: Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation?
- Zine: Wanting to Be Indian- When Spiritual Searching Turns Into Cultural Theft
- Selling the Indian
- Video: Janessa Speaks on Cultural Appropriation
- Book: Going Native - Indians in the American Cultural Imagination
- Blog: Native Appropriations
- What is Institutionalized Racism?
- Canada's First Nations: The Legacy of Institutionalized Racism
- Book: Power, Privilege, and Difference
- Stereotypes and Prejudices
- Cultural Genocide
- Earthen Spirituality or Cultural Genocide?
- How to Combat Racism in Your Every Day Life
- History is a Weapon
- Why the 'Native' Trend is Pissing Off Real Native Americans
- Why Can't I Wear a Hipster Headdress?
- Lets Talk About Pendleton
- Reality Check! Indian Images and [Mis]Representations
- My Culture Is Not A Trend
- A Critical Fashion Lover's Basic Guide to Cultural Appropriation
- Cultural Appropriation: Still Refusing To See The Truth
- An Open Letter To All Appropriators
- What's Wrong With Cultural Appropriation?
- Appropriation- The Reality of Indigenous
- Native Stereotypes In the Dominate Culture
- Readings on Cultural Respect
- Racism Primer
- Racism: What It Means, What Most People Think It Means
- Documentary: Reel Injuns
- Documentary: The Canary Effect
- Documentary: White Shamans and Plastic Medicine
- Commercialization of Native Spirituality
- Twilight Saga and The Quileute Indian Tribe: Opportunity or Cultural Exploitation?
- Truth vs. Twilight: Quilieute Website Explores Reality and Fiction
- Halloween: Time to Wear Your Indian Costumes
- When Cultural Appropriation Goes Too Far
- Back to the Drawing Board: Cultural Appropriation and an Attempt to Fail Better (dream catchers)
- Native Appropriations: Miley Cyrus Enjoys Dream Catchers, Apparently
Other Terms to Research:
- Cultural Appropriation
- Stereotypes /Stereotyping
- Institutionalized Racism
- Oppression/Institutionalized Oppression
- White Supremacy
- White Privilege
- White Guilt
- Cultural Genocide
- Spiritual Appropriation
- Sexualization of Native Women
- Romanticization of Native Americans