There is a fine line between cultural appropriation and appreciation, however many Americans struggle to differentiate the two. Cultural exploitation of Native Americans can be seen in many fields, one of them being in schools. In addition, the fashion industry is one of the most common places that cultural appropriation of Native American can be seen in. Authentic Native American traditions have also been exploited by society. Americans’ common misconceptions of Native American history and culture negatively affects Indigenous communities by perpetuating stereotypes as well as cultural appropriation.
Cultural exploitation of Native Americans is a prevalent issue within schools. One of the primary ways that this can be seen in, and has been …show more content…
Sports are an essential part of pop culture in the United States, which is why the appropriation of Native American culture through sport team mascots in schools is widespread to its students. These mascots teach students that the stereotypes that they represent are accurate. However, in actuality, using parts of Native American culture for sport team mascots just feeds off of common misconceptions and not the actual facts. The culture is then stripped of its authenticity and replaced with this misinformation, which only leads to more people, students, exploiting it. As the end result, Native Americans are further discriminated against. Additionally, there are flaws in schools’ curriculum as it lacks to teach students accurate Native American history. A large portion of material in the United States K-12 curriculum uses past tense when referring to Indigenous people. This, evidently, makes Native children feel invisible and invalid and also has non-Native children grow up to be adults who still do not have a proper understanding of present-day Native culture (Harper). Schools using …show more content…
In 2022, Aviator Nation, a boho clothing brand based in California, was called out for committing cultural appropriation by the Native American owned brand, NSRGNTS. The founder of Aviator Nation, Paige Mycoskie, has been taking Native American clothing and selling colonized versions of them. One of the items that is most notable of this on their website is traditional beaded moccasins. As noted by NSRGNTS in a social media post, “They are being referred to as “hippie slippers”, “boho”, “eccentric”, along with all those other usual cringey terms. Traditional moccasins are very sacred, and not to be used as a fashion accessory on hipsters for exploitation. Every color, pattern, design, and material has significant cultural meaning” (NSRGNTS). Moccasins, along with other items sold by the brand, are a part of traditional Native American regalia, which Mycoskie is misusing to financially benefit her company. The adjectives that she uses to describe her products to customers is incredibly misleading as it shows the articles of clothing to be of a particular style when, in actuality, it is a part of Native American culture. The fashion industry, and brands that take part in cultural appropriation such as Aviator Nation, cause harm to systematically oppressed groups by spreading stereotypes and misconceptions. In fact, an article shared that “The Native
Monture Angus, a law professor and member of the Mohawk Nation, shares in this peer reviewed article, [Thunder in My Soul: A Mohawk Woman Speaks] by Native American women, that the society is allowing misleading representation to take away from their culture, she expresses that we should “- Understand it, understand where the pain comes from and why. I have to struggle with that...without understanding, (it) does not mean anything, does not reflect reality, and does not reflect people's experiences,” although her view is bias, it’s a very valid point, that we should understand that what we seek out as ineffective, is truly damaging
It is very ironic that “Cherokee” dress in this manner in order to cater to the interests of white tourists, who are expecting to see something reminiscent of old western films. To some, this is a “selling out” of culture and beliefs for money down the road (The). Misrepresenting a culture in this manner is an unacceptable action that perpetuates stereotypes and prolongs misunderstandings with that group. It also indirectly hinders Cherokee attempts at preserving their own
“If you ask, the answers are pretty clear: that the images are an inaccurate conception of Native Americans that’s from the past, that confines a group of peoples that is active, and has communities, and is very much alive and well today, as an artifact, rather than as a present group” (“When the School Mascot Is a Native American Stereotype”). This evidence proves that Native American groups say that the natives from the past and now are different and that the assumptions are wrong. All of these mascots make people assume the worst of the natives, and their lifestyles. These mascots are invading the natives and other cultures' way of life and are offensive to
The Native American Culture and history isn’t to be used as a form of entertainment. This is where stereotypes about the Native American Culture originate. This can cause a decrease in many areas for Native Americans. A decrease in areas such as: self-esteem, mood and the belief in their community. These stereotypes limit an individual’s view on culture, helping to hide the Native American realities.
Native American mascots reduce the indigenous people to a mere cartoon, ignoring the diversity and richness of their cultures, and the many practices and rituals they have. These mascots treat indigenous cultures as if they are relics of the horrid past, ignoring the fact that indigenous people continue to exist and thrive in modern societies. Using Native American mascots trivialize the serious issues the indigenous community face, such as discrimination, racism, poverty, and
The American Indian Movement is one of the most pivotal periods of time in American history, but for some reason it is not taught in most primary education institutions. “In recent decades, AIM has been known primarily for cultural advocacy and for its work on behalf of Indigenous rights on a global scale” (“American Indian Movement(AIM) 6). It is very important for us to realize that, although small, the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 sparked the inspiration for other movements across the world to push for new legislation aimed at providing equal civil rights for all people, especially Indigenous. The Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 was successful because it provided a legal framework for protecting the civil rights of Indigenous people, established an important precedent for recognizing the sovereignty and autonomy of Indigenous nations, and helped to address long standing injustices faced by Indigenous
Now, you might think that because the settlers recognized the problem and started putting new systems into place that it was benefitting the Native Americans. Well, it was in fact not. The US government only started pushing Indigenous people’s kids into these schools so they could destroy their culture! These schools started popping up in 1860 and were fully functioning until 1978. Not only were these schools
Autumn Bileen COM225 Documentary Outline 04/14/2023 I. Introduction - Open with Impact- Here is a question for you all. What do you remember being taught about Native Americans growing up in school? We usually think of them as the people with bow and arrows always fighting with the US government or that they were the first one's here in America but that is usually it and not once is their importance in US history mentioned.
“Historical trauma coupled with ongoing present-day traumas such as anti-Indigenous racism and a lack of clean drinking water has had a massive negative impact on Indigenous communities, resulting in (and combining with) issues such as addiction, limited education, incarceration, violence, abuse, suicidality, homelessness and poverty” (Seto). The effects of boarding schools are evident in the high poverty rates, unemployment, substance abuse, and suicide among Native Americans. The boarding school system has also contributed to the erasure of Indigenous languages, cultures, and knowledge systems, which are essential for the well-being of Indigenous communities and preserving their unique and beautiful ways of
“American Indian mascots and logos promote negative stereotypes” (Herrington 1). These stereotypical ideas of their culture that we have grown accustomed too, that do not reflect their culture in the least bit. Each American tribe has its own traditions and cultures, “yet many American Indian mascots wear feathered headdresses and war paint. They often carry tomahawks” (Herrington 1).
Have you ever wondered if your education was relevant to you or your culture? Well, in “Educating Sons” and “The First Americans”, both articles focuses on how white schools did not serve Native Americans well. The article “Educating Sons”, written by Chief Canasatego, explains how white’s education wasn’t beneficial for Native Americans. And in the article “The First Americans”, written by the Grand Council Fire of American Indians, focuses on the dishonesty of the U.S. History textbooks based on their deceiving notes on American Indians. Therefore, Native Americans didn’t benefit from public education in the United States because it misrepresents their culture.
I decided to start a conversation about the use of Native Americans as logos for sports teams. I have always had strong opinions on this topic because, even as I child, I could see that this practice was offensive. My first memory of this topic was in middle school when another team in our area used American Indians as their mascot, and my sister and I thought it was weird that they’d use people instead of animals. As I have come to read more and more about this topic, I find it hard to believe some people would actually be okay with using an entire culture for the purpose of making a joke of them.
It is important to ensure that all students feel comfortable among each other and understand each other so they can learn from each other. Therefore, if there are any stigmas associated with American Indians and their education that can be projected by their peers, it is due to the negative images and thoughts provoked by the inaccurate history taught in the classrooms. It is important that students are getting a precise and truthful education so that the lack of understanding towards and about Native Americans can be avoided and how that can be reflected in the education
Adam Sorenson Prof. Riggs COMP 01112 2/12/18 Misrepresentation of Native Americans Native American’s for many years now have been viewed as lone warriors or squaw, some people don’t even know that they still exist! People just think of the Native American people in storybook tales and nothing more then that. The Native Americans have been living in the United States for awhile now and were the first ones on the country’s soil. They were here way before Christopher Columbus and the other European Colonists even discovered America and they are still present in the U.S.
With that being a said, an individual that would be classified as part of a higher class social group would look upon Native American individuals and perceive that Native Americans people and Native American Mascots are seen as one and not as a human being and a caricature. On the off chance that an individual is viewed as the same as a mascot, it is conceivable to contend that Native American people have existed as mascots the historical backdrop of Native American culture. One