29 October 2011 @ 04:52 pm
Native Headdresses  
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] _samalander at Native Headdresses
We all know that the appropriation of Native culture by hipsters and other white people is an issue, but apparently no one told the Washington Post. (And if you don't know why it's a problem, please see here for more information.

(Not that this happening in the city where the "Redskins" is an appropriate team name is surprising.)

This Friday, they published a picture of a white woman wearing a head dress on the cover of their "weekend" section. To advertise karaoke bars.

You can see it here, I couldn't find the picture larger. (In case they pull it, I've uploaded it here for posterity.

You can contact the Ombudsman, responsible for ethics, at ombudsman@washpost.com or call 202-334-7521.
You can submit a letter to the editor following these instructions.
You can contact the weekend section here: weekend@washpost.com

I've been unable to find out who the editor of the Weekend section is, but the picture was taken by Rebecca D'Angelo and the article was written by Stephanie Merry and Jess Righthand, though I doubt they're responsible for the choice of the picture.


Additionally, I'd like to point you guys to this awesome post that I just read today about Native American headdresses. The post, which explains the difference between war bonnets, roach headdresses, and other common Native American head wear.

I would also like to draw your attention to the following quote (added emphasis is mine):

On our Native American regalia page, you can find links to tribal members who make dance roaches and other ceremonial Indian clothing. A good place to buy kits for making your own porky roaches or other dance accessories is the well-known pow-wow vendor Crazy Crow.

If you are not Native American but are just trying to make a headdress for an art project, we recommend making a beaded headband, since headbands do not have the same sacred meaning of many other Indian headdresses and do not require you to understand complex cultural traditions to create one properly. The book North American Indian Beadwork Patterns includes a nice pattern for beading a Native American headband.


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