Significant Gains and Accomplishments American Indian Arts & Crafts Act Makes it illegal "to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization." Intellectual … Continue reading Just To Let You Know…
Health And Well-being Cultural appropriation is linked to mental health issues. The inappropriate use of attire and objects has destroyed its sacredness and twisted its meaning, weakening it in the eyes of all. Indigenous youth all over the Americas suffer from low self-esteem due to a negative view of their own culture, supported by a … Continue reading The Unfortunate Reality
Representation In Sports The image of a war bonnet and war paint wearing Indian is one that has been created and perpetuated by Hollywood, and has unfortunately had influence on the sports industry. This image only bears minimal resemblance to traditional regalia of Plains tribes. As a result, it furthers the stereotype that Indigenous peoples … Continue reading Where’s The Sportsmanship?
Understand What You're Buying Due to the fact that mainstream public pays little attention to Indigenous roots, it's not a surprise that cultural appropriation is such a common issue today. Here is some information to heighten your knowledge about Indigenous culture: FACT: The real Pocahontas, whose given name was Matoaka, was abducted as a teenager, … Continue reading Indigenous Culture Is Not A Trend
Canada Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Canada's Aboriginal policy was one of aggressive assimilation, based on the false assumption that Aboriginal peoples are doomed to extinction, lest they be "saved" from their primitive culture and savage ways. The ultimate goal of this policy was the assimilation of Aboriginal people into the dominant … Continue reading Where It All Began
What Is Cultural Appropriation? Cultural appropriation is the taking over of creative or artistic forms, themes, or practices of a marginalized culture by a dominant culture without their input. This can include dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, and religious symbols. This term is generally used to describe Western appropriations of non-Western or … Continue reading What You Need To Know About Cultural Appropriation