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American Tattoo Like His Dad’s, Comes Under Immediate Fire

On Sunday, Brooklyn Beckham got a new tattoo on his forearm. A day later, he’s fending off charges of cultural appropriation from Instagram users offended by his new Native American ink.

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Cultural Appropriation

7/17/2018

article In Red Ink / Beyond appropriation
(Washington) -- Goya’s prints depicting atrocities against Spanish peasants in the French invasion of 1814 are the first examples of “protest art.”...

7/11/2018

article MORON ALERT: The Czech Republic's Apache Bicycles looks to grow outside its native market
(Czech Republic) -- The 17-year-old Czech Republic brand, Apache Bicycles, made its first Eurobike appearance here this year, as the brand looks to expand outside its...

7/8/2018

article The Block NZ contestant appropriates Native American culture in first episode
(New Zealand) -- The Block NZ's seventh season has started under a cloud of controversy after contestant Chlo Hes appeared to culturally appropriate Native American...

7/5/2018

article Made in China: Actor Eugene Brave Rock slams knock-off Indigenous art sold in airport
(Calgary) -- Criticism of a Calgary store over “fake” Indigenous art for sale is touching off a conversation about knock-off Indigenous artwork in Alberta....

6/24/2018

article Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto panel talks cultural appropriation
(Ontario) -- Earlier this month, some of the world's top Indigenous fashion designers shared their collections at the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.

6/7/2018

article Fake Pensacola Mayoki Indians tribe sparks outrage on social media
(Florida) -- Wearing neon feathered headdresses and leg wraps with skimpy outfits and war paint, the fictitious Mayoki Indians tribe has taken part in Pensacola Mardi...
article American Museum of Natural History Sells Native Headdress for $999
(New York) -- The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is being accused of misappropriation for selling a $999 headdress.

6/6/2018

article Proposed changes to Madison's flag would remove Zia Pueblo sun symbol
(Wisconsin) -- Under a proposed modification to Madison’s official city flag, a sun symbol that is sacred to a Native American tribe in New Mexico would be...

5/25/2018

article White woman accused of appropriating Maori culture with her chin tattoo: 'It's not acceptable'
(New Zealand) -- A New Zealand life coach has been taken to task over her controversial face tattoo, which she has been accused of using to help boost her business....

5/19/2018

article A dressing down for dressing up: behind the internet row over a student’s cheongsam choice
(USA) -- A high school student in Utah decided to wear a cheongsam to her prom. Everyone went wild after one person labeled her a culture appropriator on Twitter. Why?
article Cultural appropriation: Sometimes it's so blatant it smacks us in the face, other times it can be a total minefield
(USA) -- Let’s get this out of the way: I am a straight, white, middle-aged man, so what follows you may take with a pinch of salt or disregard completely. But we...

5/17/2018

article 2 UI trustees visited Peoria tribe's new chief
(Oklahoma) -- As a campus effort to bridge the divide over Chief Illiniwek continues, two University of Illinois trustees quietly flew to Oklahoma last week to meet with...

5/12/2018

article Dentist apologizes for 'ignorant and offensive' ad
(North Carolina) -- A Raleigh dentist is apologizing for an ad she called "ignorant and offensive" that ran in a local magazine. Dr. Jill Sonner with...

5/11/2018

article ‘Whitening’ Dentists Now Mortified They Dressed Up As Cultural Stereotypes
(North Carolina) -- A trio of white North Carolina dentists got chewed up on social media for a controversial “whitening” ad that shows them dressed in...

4/27/2018

article Student government declares teepee-like structure ‘culturally insensitive’ and ‘not tolerable’
(California) -- At the University of Southern California, a somewhat teepee-like structure that was not actually a teepee was recently declared “culturally...
article USG addresses structure on campus deemed culturally insensitive
(California) -- The Undergraduate Student Government released a statement Thursday addressing a tent structure resembling a teepee that was originally set up at McCarthy...

4/21/2018

article SD Comic Fest 18’: Cultural Appropriation; When It Is and Is Not Done Right
(California) -- In media and the culture at large, we’ve seen Native American identities used as sport team mascots, Sean Connery play a Japanese man in You Only...

3/30/2018

article Is Damien Hirst’s Latest Series a Ripoff of an Aboriginal Australian Artist? See the Works Side-by-Side
(California) -- Some in Australia believe that Damien Hirst’s latest series, titled the “Veil Paintings,” looks strikingly familiar—perhaps, too...

3/29/2018

article Native American imagery is everywhere but understanding lags behind
(Washington D.C.) -- Native imagery is embedded in the national subconscious, whether we're paying attention or not. A new exhibit at the National Museum of the...
article Damien Hirst Denies Ripping Off Female Aboriginal Artists—Was ‘Unaware’ of Their Work
(California) -- Lots of art looks (and sounds and reads) like other art, which is why fine artists and musicians and authors periodically lob accusations of “...
article NM FAST Entrepreneur Works to Combat Fraud in Native American Art Market
(New Mexico) -- It’s not hard to call up images from memory – or Google – of New Mexico jewelry. Zia symbols, squash blossoms, Zuni needlepoint, thick...
article 'Uncanny similarity': new Damien Hirst works in spot of bother in Australia
(Australia) -- The paintings in a new exhibition by the British artist Damien Hirst have raised eyebrows in Australiafor bearing an “uncanny similarity” to...

3/24/2018

article Mayor unapologetic after Wildfoods Festival uses promotional photo of woman in Native American headdress
(New Zealand) -- The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is under fire for using a promotional photograph of a woman in a Native American headdress with a Māori headband. But...

3/23/2018

article Exhibit by controversial artist Jimmie Durham opens at Remai Modern this weekend
(Saskatchewan) -- The first major exhibit to be installed at the Remai Modern opens to the public this weekend, and the art gallery is not shying away from the...
article Remai Modern defends artist whose Indigenous heritage has been questioned
(Saskatchewan) -- The Remai Modern's director is defending the decision to feature a retrospective of Jimmie Durham's work. The world-renowned artist self-...

3/19/2018

article Investigators Crack Down on Fraudulent Native American Jewelry
(New Mexico) -- When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent Russell Stanford intercepted a shipment of counterfeit jewelry from the Philippines, he didn’t...

3/13/2018

article Yonge Street store settles complaint over sale of racist Native Halloween costumes
(Ontario) -- Yonge Street retailer Spirit Halloween has quietly settled a complaint filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario alleging some of its Aboriginal-...

3/11/2018

article Mattel in dispute over unibrow-less Frida Kahlo Barbie
(Mexico) -- Toy-maker Mattel was in a dispute Thursday with a distant relative of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo over rights to a Frida Barbie doll released as part...

3/10/2018

article 'Indianthusiasts': Uncovering Germany's obsession with First Nation culture
(Germany) -- For years, Ojibway author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor heard that some Germans are so fascinated by First Nation culture that they throw festivals...

3/9/2018

article The tricky way Facebook spammers plagiarize and get away with it
(Worldwide) -- Spammers in Kosovo and Vietnam are plagiarizing articles by and for Native Americans, swapping in Cyrillic characters to avoid being detected and using...

2/28/2018

article BLOG: Native American Culture at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
(California) -- Disney animated cartoons as far back as the silent Alice Comedies shorts in the 1920s featured caricatured stereotypes of Native Americans, and people...

2/23/2018

article Protesters stand against 'Paint the Hall Chief' night at Illini game
(Illinois) -- Nearly 100 demonstrators stood outside the main entrance to the State Farm Center chanting, “Down with the Chief,” and holding signs demanding...

2/22/2018

article OP/ED: Cultural appropriation on full display in Wisconsin and beyond in form of mascots
(Wisconsin) -- Last month, the Cleveland Indians voted to remove their Chief Wahoo imagery from their uniforms effective next year. Cleveland’s Chief Wahoo and...

2/20/2018

article Offensive Or Not? ‘Black Panther’ Fictional Wakanda Translates as ‘God’ to Some Tribes
(Indian Country) -- As the Black Panther movie is breaking box office records all over the real world of Earth, there is a fictional world in the Marvel Universe that...

2/14/2018

article Lotto warned about using cultural appropriation
(New Zealand) -- The Lotteries Commission (Lotto) recently released an augmented reality (AR) app to coincide with Chinese New Year. The app links to an instant kiwi...

1/29/2018

article Designer Zuhair Murad criticised for cultural appropriation
(UK) -- Fashion designer Zuhair Murad has been criticised for cultural appropriation during the catwalk for his spring/summer 2018 collection. Models were spotted...

1/25/2018

article Did Designer Zuhair Murad Just Appropriate Indigenous Cultures?
(Paris) -- First racism. Now appropriation. Turns out Couture Fashion Week is just as filled with scandal and controversy as it is with impeccably crafted gowns. On...

1/21/2018

article Alaska Native group slams a planned shamanism event
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native group spoke out Friday against a shamanism retreat, saying the event commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of...
article This New Jersey-raised man wants to hold expensive ‘shamanic retreat’ in Juneau. Alaska Native leaders are not having it.
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native leader has asked a non-indigenous shaman to cancel a pricey retreat to Juneau which she says amounts to cultural theft and the...
article ‘Native Medicine’ Facebook page sparks debate about cultural appropriation
(Alaska) -- At the end of last year, a Facebook page dedicated to traditional medicine sparked a conversation about appropriateness and appropriation. The page, called...

1/20/2018

article The delicate art of cultural appropriation in design
(Indian Country) -- There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the appropriation of material culture by fashion designers – brands using the cultural...

1/10/2018

article Panel of youth artists to discuss cultural appropriation and artistic resistance
(Ontario) -- A panel of youth artists will lead a discussion on Wednesday in Toronto about cultural appropriation and how Indigenous artists use their work as a form of...

1/4/2018

article London police officer apologizes for blackface incident
(Ontario) -- A London police officer has apologized for dressing up in tribal garb and painting her face brown for a Halloween event 11 years ago, an action that Chief...

12/31/2017

article Cher Will Not Apologize for 'Half-Breed'
(USA) -- On December 22nd, 2017, through the stream of ALL CAPS and proliferate emojis that is Cher’s twitter account, this burst forth: It’s been going for...

12/25/2017

article YA Writer Accused Of Mendacity About Credentials And His Native Heritage
(USA) -- On Aug. 10, PEN Center USA named John Smelcer’s Young Adult novel as one of four finalists for the Literary Award in the YA category. Just two weeks later...

12/24/2017

article Chilkoot group calls for an end to ‘fake Native art’ in Haines
(Alaska) -- Citing the spread of what they called "fake Native art" displayed in Haines, several Chilkoot Alaska Natives will draft a policy on how they expect...

12/15/2017

article Annihilation's Director Says He Didn't Know About His Film's Whitewashing Problems
(Australia) -- Alex Garland's upcoming scifi spectacle Annihilation looks absolutely stunning and it's set to star a cast of fantastic lead actresses as they...

12/9/2017

article Open letter accuses non-Indigenous artist of cultural appropriation
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. artist is defending herself against accusations leveled in an open letter signed by prominent Indigenous artists, that she is appropriating...

12/5/2017

article Native American student group accuses Polynesian dance group of ‘appropriating Hawaiian and Tahitian culture’
(Connecticut) -- An “all-female Polynesian dance group” at Yale University stands accused of “appropriating Hawaiian and Tahitian culture,” with...

12/1/2017

article Hey, Victoria's Secret: Cultural Appropriation Isn’t Hot. It's Wrong.
(Indian Country) -- The fashion industry is in a vicious cycle. It uses and abuses Native imagery from cultures the world over. This promotes stereotypes and minimizes...

11/29/2017

article What Can Tiffany’s Mosaics Teach us about Stereotypes?
(Illinois) -- The Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, New York, is currently hosting an exhibit featuring Louis C. Tiffany’s glass mosaics—perhaps less well...

11/27/2017

article MORON ALERT: Victoria’s Secret does it again: Cultural appropriation
(China) -- Much as artists, musicians and writers are influenced by the world around them, so too are fashion designers. The fashion industry has a long history of...
article 'Learning to move forward': Artists, dancers grapple with issues of cultural appropriation
(Saskatoon) -- Remember that grainy, viral online video last summer of the Saskatoon Ukrainian dance troupe performing an Indigenous powwow routine? It sparked a heated...

11/22/2017

article Victoria's Secret Appropriates Indigenous Culture, Yet Again, In Fashion Show
(China) -- If you've been confused about when it's appropriate to wear an Indigenous-inspired feathered headdress as a fashion statement and you're not, in...

11/11/2017

article Sailor J Calls Out Native American Appropriation in Thanksgiving Parody Video
(USA) -- As Thanksgiving approaches, it's safe to say we can expect the usual onslaught of videos arriving to YouTube: the aspiring chefs creating full feast...
article 'Indian Princess' Halloween contest photo removed after protests
(Utah) -- The sponsor of a Halloween costume contest took down a photo of the winner, a woman wearing a Native American headdress, after several people called the...
article How to become an Indigenous healer for $1,111
(Canada) -- Indigenous people from across the country were upset to learn last week that Anishinaabe ceremonies and teachings were being advertised online — for a...
article Sailor J Calls Out Native American Appropriation in Thanksgiving Parody Video
(New York) -- As Thanksgiving approaches, it's safe to say we can expect the usual onslaught of videos arriving to YouTube: the aspiring chefs creating full feast...

11/9/2017

article Independent committee looking to rename Squaw Peak
(Utah) -- A new group is beginning a push to change the name of Squaw Peak in Provo to something more honorable to Native American women. The Repeak Committee is leading...
article The man without a face: Jimmie Durham at the Whitney Museum
(New York) -- Towards the end of the American artist Jimmie Durham’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York, there are three self-portraits that...

11/7/2017

article Does It Matter If Jimmie Durham, Noted Cherokee Artist, Is Not Actually Cherokee?
(New York) -- In 1986, Jimmie Durham, a young conceptual artist who had spent much of the 1970s as an activist with the American Indian Movement, was asked by the...
article Jimmie Durham at the Whitney: Cherokee artist or white imposter?
(New York) -- The Whitney Museum of American Art has just opened two complementary exhibitions. The first is a retrospective of a celebrated Native American activist/...

11/5/2017

article Faculty member condemned for wearing headdress on Halloween — even though she’s Native American
(New Mexico) -- Put this one in your peace pipe and smoke it — a Native American faculty member at the University of New Mexico has been condemned for wearing a...

10/31/2017

article Old Montreal souvenir shops awash in culturally appropriated handicrafts
(Montreal) -- Halloween is upon us, and with it the controversial topic of cultural appropriation. Walmart Canada decided to pull certain costumes deemed culturally...

10/28/2017

article BLOG: #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
(USA) -- From the editors of Urban Tribes (2015) and Dreaming in Indian (2014), this new release focuses on the strength, resilience, and pride of Indigenous women. The...
article Producer Brian Grazer Didn't Learn Chris Hemsworth's Lesson About Native American Costumes
(Hollywood) -- "Getting ready for Halloween... what do you think?!" Brian Grazer, the Oscar-winning movie producer behind critically acclaimed hits "...

10/26/2017

article OP/ED: Inappropriate Appropriation
(Massachusetts) -- “I wish I had just gotten one of the easy costumes – like Native American!” Hearing friends discuss the costumes they were assigned...

10/25/2017

article Non-Indigenous B.C. artist defends work despite calls for authenticity
(British Columbia) -- Jennifer Tosoff grew up admiring Sue Coleman's transfixing landscapes rendered with an undeniable Northwest Coast First Nations style. "I...

10/19/2017

article From ‘appropriation prize’ controversy, a new Indigenous writing award is born
(British Columbia) -- An Indigenous writing prize – originally sparked by a nasty controversy in Canadian literary circles over cultural appropriation, followed by...
article NAC launches play about Louis Riel’s right hand man
(Ottawa) -- He was known as Louis Riel’s Lieutenant during the Northwest Rebellion, but Gabriel Dumont has rarely been the subject of films, books, TV or theatre....

10/18/2017

article The Latest: 2nd defendant pleads guilty to Indian-art fraud
(New Mexico) -- A second defendant has pleaded guilty in federal court to the sale of fake Native American jewelry that was manufactured in the Philippines. The U.S....

10/16/2017

article OP/ED: This Halloween, ignore the cultural appropriation craze
(Washington) -- College administrators are attacking individual freedom by telling students what not to wear for Halloween. As the College Fix reported Monday, numerous...

10/15/2017

article Walmart Canada pulls Indigenous Halloween costumes from website
(Ontario) -- Walmart Canada has pulled a number of Halloween costumes from its website, including "native princess" and "chief," and will begin a...

10/10/2017

article B.C. race pulls 'First Nations-inspired' medal after appropriation backlash
(British Columbia) -- Organizers of a Vancouver race won't be handing out First Nations "inspired" medals it commissioned for a run this month, following a...

10/7/2017

article Texas State University sorority criticized for 'cultural stereotyping' during event
(Texas) -- A Texas State University Panhellenic sorority issued an apology after some of its members were accused of cultural appropriation and cultural stereotyping.

9/27/2017

article Versace is selling $750 'Native American' T-shirts and Twitter is furious
(Italy) -- Rarely does a Fashion Week go by that cultural appropriation doesn't grace the runways. From corn rows to dreadlocks, it happens every season like...

9/25/2017

article Seattle teen calls out her dad’s Native American art. He learns she’s right
(Washington) -- Sara Jacobsen, 19, grew up eating family dinners beneath a stunning Native American robe. Not that she gave it much thought. Until, that is, her senior...

9/19/2017

press release Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Says Wind River and Yellowstone Actress is Not Enrolled nor Descended from Tribe
(Hollywood) -- In a recent article entitled “What’s So Hard About Casting Indian Actors in Indian Roles?” published by The New York Times, it stated...

9/12/2017

article Nothing cute about it: Misnamed plush polar bear irks Inuit
(North Canada) -- When using an Inuit word to sell a product, at least translate it well. Or just don't use it all. That's how Joey Amos of Inuvik, N.W.T. feels...

9/11/2017

article Pop stars sometimes resort to cultural appropriation
(Worldwide) -- From Katy Perry saying, "I'm so obsessed I want to skin you and wear you like Versace," when talking about Japan during a 2012 Jimmy Kimmel...

9/9/2017

article Canada Council for the Arts confronts cultural appropriation in 'post-Truth and Reconciliation era'
(Quebec) -- Canada's national funding body for the arts is taking a stance against cultural appropriation — announcing this week that it's implementing a...

9/3/2017

article New Age ‘Ghost Dance’ Held in Southwest Minnesota, Indigenous People Respond
(Minnesota) -- Indigenous social media was buzzing earlier this summer about a public Facebook invitation for an approaching Ghost Dance ceremony, hosted by what...

8/28/2017

article YA Author Accused Of Lying About Credentials And His Native Heritage
(USA) -- On Aug. 10, PEN Center USA named John Smelcer’s Young Adult novel Stealing Indians as one of four finalists for the Literary Award in the YA category....

7/23/2017

article Rock Stars Who’ve Worn Native Headdresses (and Probably Shouldn’t Have)
(New York) -- The wearing of American Indian regalia by non-Indians, particularly the feather headdress or “war bonnet,” is a vexing issue in Indian country...
article Snoop Dogg Headdress Pic with ‘Knocahoe’ Comment Gets Heat on Social Media
(New York) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg got slammed on Thursday after posting a photo to social media of himself wearing a Native-style headdress. The Snoop Dogg headdress photo...

7/21/2017

article Do the laws on counterfeit Native art go far enough?
(New Mexico) -- “This guy showed me a pendant he was wearing, he’d bought it in some flea market,” Nighthorse recalled. “I looked at and said,...

7/10/2017

article Native American artists call for an end to counterfeits
(New Mexico) -- Native American artists are requesting the federal government strengthen a 1990 law that prohibits the sale of counterfeit tribal art, in an attempt to...

7/8/2017

article SHiiKANE’s New Music Video “Oga Police” is Inspired by Native American Culture
(USA) -- SHiiKANE is set to release the music video of their new single Oga Police. The theme for the shoot – ‘Native Freedom’ – was inspired by...

7/7/2017

article Native American artists call for heavier crackdown on counterfeit tribal art
(New Mexico) -- Native American artists want the federal government to step up its enforcement of a law prohibiting sales of counterfeit tribal art, saying culprits in...
article Testimony on fake Indian art highlights international threat
(New Mexico) -- The recent spread of fake Native American art and jewelry has shown the need to update how the federal government protects tribal artists from fraud that...
article OP/ED: Why It Matters That Jimmie Durham Is Not a Cherokee
(Indian Country) -- Clearly exasperated with the recent flurries of online discussion about Sam Durant’s Scaffold (2012) and now about Jimmie Durham’s...

7/3/2017

article The Gray Market: Why Jimmie Durham Could Be the Art World’s Rachel Dolezal (and Other Insights)
(USA) -- On Monday, the art industry’s latest race-based electrical fire (re-)ignited, when a collection of self-described “Cherokee artists, scholars,...

6/29/2017

article Art World Denounces Artist Jimmie Durham for Claiming to Be Cherokee
(California) -- Right after local Native tribes protested at the Walker Art Center over Sam Durant’s controversial sculpture, a new retrospective currently at the...
article Jimmie Durham Retrospective Reignites Debate Over His Claim of Native Ancestry
(Minnesota) -- The traveling retrospective Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World opened last week at the Walker Art Center. It is a massive exhibition, with nearly...

6/28/2017

article Jimmie Durham Retrospective Reignites Debate Over His Claim of Native Ancestry
(Minnesota) -- The traveling retrospective Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World opened last week at the Walker Art Center. It is a massive exhibition, with nearly...

6/27/2017

article Cherokee Artists and Curators Denounce Artist Jimmie Durham as a Fraud, Saying He ‘Is Not a Cherokee’
(Minnesota) -- Hot on the heels of the opening of Jimmie Durham’s touring retrospective at the Walker Art Center, 10 Cherokee artists, curators, and other...

6/26/2017

article Where Is the Line Between Appreciation and Appropriation?
(USA) -- The Cambridge Dictionary defines cultural appropriation as “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without...
article A Disturbing Native American Stereotype And Other Takeaways From This Week’s ‘Fear The Walking Dead’
(Hollywood) -- There are no major moments or big revelations in this week’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead, “Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame.”...
article Controversy over Zia Pueblo symbol on Madison flag prompts plans to redesign
(Wisconsin) -- Concerns over the cultural appropriation of a Native American sun symbol have led Madison officials to consider redesigning the city’s flag, Mayor...

6/18/2017

article Native Americans walk out of Wyoming play with stereotypes
(Wyoming) -- Native American high school students attending a summer program at the University of Wyoming walked out of the college's production of "The...

6/17/2017

article The U.N. Is Moving To Make Cultural Appropriation Not Just Offensive, But Illegal
(Switzerland) -- United Nations delegates are finally addressing an issue that has been pushed by indigenous groups since 2001: cultural appropriation. 189 countries are...

6/13/2017

article Cultural appropriation: Make it illegal worldwide, Indigenous advocates say
(United Nations) -- Indigenous advocates from around the world are calling on a UN committee to make appropriating Indigenous cultures illegal — and to do it...

6/6/2017

article Is Madison’s flag offensive?
(Wisconsin) -- Madison’s flag has been heralded as one of the finest city banners. A 2004 survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association ranked...

6/5/2017

article Number of Indigenous art 'knock-offs' for sale in Yellowknife shocks Dene designer
(North Canada) -- A Dene fashion designer from Lutselk'e, N.W.T., is appalled by the number of what she calls Indigenous art "knock-offs" for sale in...

5/31/2017

article Airbnb apologizes for 'Sioux style' teepee ad
(California) -- Native American activists and scholars criticized Airbnb this week after it posted an ad for a "Sioux style" teepee rental on social media....
article Film 'Forget Winnetou!' studies German idealization of Indigenous culture
(Germany) -- "I make pretty good kimchi," Red Haircrow tells me from his apartment in Berlin. "I grew up with Asians -- Chinese/Hawaiins, Koreans…...

5/30/2017

article Airbnb Apologizes For Teepee Ad That Native Americans Said Was Racist
(California) -- Airbnb posts on Facebook and Instagram advertised a "true Sioux" experience, surrounded by "succulents, epic sunsets, and peacocks,"...

5/28/2017

article How wearing a headdress to Coachella ignited a debate about the line between shaming and educating
(California) -- It was supposed to be an ordinary trip to a music festival. And at first, it was. "It was a lot of fun," says Valerie Lemus, "I definitely...

5/27/2017

article Indigenous activists want Dollarama to stop selling dreamcatchers beside Canada 150 items
(Canada) -- Canadian discount retailer Dollarama is coming under fire by indigenous rights activists who are accusing the company of appropriating their culture by...
article Lethbridge high school grads criticized for Cowboys and Indians costume party
(Alberta) -- Before venturing out into the world and becoming adults, students from Chinook High School in Lethbridge, Alta., had a party over the May long weekend,...

5/26/2017

article Native Activists Refuse to Celebrate Canada’s Birthday, Say Commemorative Dream Catchers Are ‘Slap in Face’
(Canada) -- As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, the discount shop Dollarama has a line of kitsch that includes bobble-head moose, patriotic T-shirts and hats...

5/25/2017

article Oregon Country Fair Cancels Fake Native Totem Pole Raising
(Oregon) -- On May 1, the Board of the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, Oregon voted unanimously to cancel the raising of “Working Together,” a 42-foot tall...
article 2 white women opened a Portland burrito pop-up. It closed after cultural appropriation accusations.
(Oregon) -- A Portland, Ore. burrito shop shuttered a week after being featured in an article, amid accusations of cultural appropriation. Kali Wilgus and Liz "LC...

5/22/2017

article Dollarama dream catcher kitsch ‘a slap in the face’
(Ontario) -- When Jamie McGean recently visited Dollarama, he wasn’t surprised the store was already stocked for Canada’s 150th birthday. But as he walked...
article OP/ED: No, Authors Should Not Be Constrained By Gender Or Race In The Characters They Create
(New York) -- This was the BBC.com headline: Spy Author Anthony Horowitz ‘Warned Off’ Creating Black Character: Author Anthony Horowitz says he was “...

5/21/2017

article OP/ED: Hal Niedzviecki, Here Is Your Award for Propagating Appropriation and Racism
(New York) -- Hal Niedzviecki writes: I don’t believe in cultural appropriation. In my opinion, anyone, anywhere should be encouraged to imagine other peoples,...
article OP/ED: Is Cultural Appropriation Turning Macbeth into a Coke-Snorting Stooge of Imperialist Spies?
(Illinois) -- The notion of ‘cultural appropriation’ has gained much traction in recent years. Like micro-aggressions, safe spaces, toxic masculinity, and...
article Adam Sandler earns rave reviews at Cannes Film Festival
(France) -- It's not every day you hear the name Happy Gilmore referenced at the Cannes Film Festival.

5/19/2017

article Blizzard May Have Clarified Pharah's Controversial Background In Overwatch
(USA) -- Last night, Blizzard teased a new skin for the beloved Overwatch hero Pharah, an Egyptian soldier who, along with her mother, served in the Egyptian military.
article COMMENTARY: Let’s start with what cultural appropriation is not
(Ontario) -- When we were children, my sister and I were bussed to and from separate schools. On the ride home, I would transfer from my bus onto my seven-year-old...

5/18/2017

article BLOG: Dear Fellow Canadian White Authors, Can We Talk?
(Canada) -- This has been a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week for Canlit. I’ve been leaving ranty screeds on Facebook pages belonging to writers I barely...
article Commentary: The emotional exhaustion of debating Indigenous views
(Ontario) -- When a Conservative senator was in the media spotlight two months ago after making controversial comments about the positives of residential school, I tried...
article On Cultural Appropriation, Canadians Are Hypocrites
(Canada) -- Harry and the hendersons is a 1987 fantasy movie about a Seattle family’s encounter with a friendly bigfoot (Harry) and their efforts to protect him...
article Opinion: Cue the eye rolls: this is a piece about cultural appropriation
(Canada) -- When a handful of editors and senior staff in Canadian media took to Twitter last week to seemingly mock Indigenous peoples' concerns with cultural...

5/17/2017

article Chanel says it ‘deeply regrets’ boomerang controversy
(Australia) -- Chanel on Tuesday responded to a controversy about producing a high-priced boomerang featuring the brand’s signature logo after some people...
article 3 Indigenous writers discuss cultural appropriation with CBC's Rosanna Deerchild
(Canada) -- The fallout from the "appropriation prize" controversy in the wake of an editorial published in Write magazine has left many wondering what exactly...
article Steve Ladurantaye, editor of CBC’s ‘The National,’ reassigned after cultural appropriation flap
(Canada) -- Ladurantaye was among those who engaged in a Twitter conversation that was sparked by a contentious magazine article advocating for more cultural...
article When does inspiration cross the line into appropriation?
(Canada) -- Young writers are often told to write what they know. They're told the best place to start, is with their own experience because it's what they'...

5/16/2017

article 'We cannot look to mainstream Canada to support us': Indigenous writers urge communities to reclaim own voices
(Canada) -- Anger, frustration and calls for change continue to pour out of Canada's Indigenous community over a recent editorial that championed the idea of...
article Appropriation prize a 'kick while you're already down' says Indigenous author
(Windsor) -- An editorial introducing the concept of an "appropriation prize" for the author who can best embody the cultural experience of a minority group in...
article The cultural appropriation debate isn't about free speech — it's about context
(Canada) -- It always amuses me how quickly complicated, difficult criticisms from marginalized communities get turned into an issue of "free speech." As if...

5/15/2017

article Chanel is selling a $1930 boomerang and people are not amused
(Australia) -- Q: WHAT do you buy the person who has everything? A: Anything but this $1,930 Chanel boomerang. Because not only will it set you back a mountain of cash,...
article 'I invited these Indigenous writers ... and then I insulted them:' Hal Niedzviecki on appropriation uproar
(Canada) -- Hal Niedzviecki admits he was "trying to push some buttons within the writing community" by penning an editorial about cultural appropriation that...
article An emotional Jesse Wente on the 'remarkable arrogance' of an appropriation prize
(Toronto) -- Indigenous critic Jesse Wente spoke with Matt Galloway on CBC Radio's Metro Morning about the mushrooming scandal surrounding an editorial published in...

5/14/2017

article OP/ED: Canada needs a law protecting Indigenous art from appropriation
(Quebec) -- The United States and Australia have laws that protect various Indigenous art forms and symbols from appropriation by people and corporations, by prohibiting...
article OP/ED: Cultural appropriation vs. artistic licence: How far have we really come?
(Ontario) -- A painter's work is equated to "cultural genocide" after she's accused of appropriating elements from Indigenous styles — she says...

5/13/2017

article Editor Resigns Over an Article Defending ‘Cultural Appropriation’
(New York) -- The simmering debate over cultural appropriation took another turn on Wednesday, when the Writers Union of Canada apologized for a magazine editorial...
article OP/ED: Cultural appropriation prize fund was the unkindest cut of all: Paradkar
(Ontario) -- Over-policing of your speech versus over-policing of your body, your existence. Guess which one infuriates supposedly objective Canadian journalists so much...
article OP/ED: On Glibness And Diversity In Canadian Media
(Ontario) -- Working as a writer often feels like walking up to a very thick, resilient brick wall, shaking its hand and saying, “Hi, nice to meet you, I follow...

5/12/2017

article A Bunch of White Canadian Editors Really Love Cultural Appropriation
(Canada) -- This week’s media controversy is a great reminder that the most powerful people in Canadian media are very white. Cultural appropriation should be easy...
article MORON ALERT: High-profile Canadian journalists pledge to raise money for ‘appropriation prize’
(Ontario) -- A contentious article encouraging writers “to imagine other cultures” and to “set your sights on the big goal: Win the Appropriation Prize...
article Opinion: Cultural appropriation: Why can't we debate it?
(Canada) -- I've written and published one novel, and half-written and abandoned others, always because of my own perceived failure of imagination.
article SATIRE: Canadian journalists’ “Appropriation Prize” aims to represent marginalized cultures the way white people imagine them
(Ontario) -- Several high-profile Canadian journalists pledged money on Thursday night toward an “Appropriation Prize” that would reward white, middle-class...

5/11/2017

article Magazine Editor Forced to Resign After ‘Disgusting’ Article Supportive of Borrowing From Other Cultures
(Canada) -- The Writers’ Union of Canada was forced to apologize after it published an article in its magazine encouraging cultural appropriation in Canadian...
article The Casting Of A White Actor As Native Hawaiian Hero Cuts Deeper Than You Think
(Hollywood) -- Prominent filmmakers by now have whitewashed so many roles meant for people of color that the internet doesn’t have time to put down its digital...
article WWII Film Casts White Actor as Native Hawaiian, Critics Accuse Production of Whitewashing
(Hollywood) -- Zachary McGowan will portray Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele—a Native Hawaiian who earned a Purple Heart for his heroics during World War II...

5/10/2017

article Canadian energy drink maker faces backlash from New Zealanders over Maori name and design
(Canada) -- New Zealanders in Canada are speaking out against an energy drink they say appropriates Maori language and culture — and they've got the New...
article Writers' Union of Canada sorry for article encouraging cultural appropriation
(Canada) -- The Writers' Union of Canada apologized Wednesday for an opinion article in the latest issue of its quarterly magazine advocating for more cultural...

5/7/2017

article Debate over cultural appropriation a centuries-old battle for indigenous groups
(Ontario) -- The work of Toronto painter Amanda PL is infused with bright colours and bold outlines often associated with an indigenous art style. But for many of those...

5/4/2017

article 'We erred,' says Toronto mas band after First Nations chief calls costumes 'disrespectful'
(Ontario) -- A Toronto-based masquerade band is apologizing after its costumes for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival portraying Indigenous people prompted accusations of...
article Chief calls for feathered bonnet and First Nations-inspired costumes to be pulled from Toronto Caribbean Carnival
(Ontario) -- A First Nation leader is calling for a stylized Indigenous headdress and outfit be withdrawn from the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, which is marking its theme...
article Native Americans Decry Appropriation of Their History, Culture
(Washington D.C.) -- Many cite a 1970s television ad for launching what is today a global movement to save the earth. It featured a Native American in buckskins and...

5/3/2017

article Hollywood and the Native Warrior — an Evolving Story of Stereotypes and Misrepresentation
(California) -- The symbol of the American Indian has long been popular in Hollywood films and television. From the bloodthirsty warriors to the modern hippie Indian of...
article Accused of ‘Ethnocide,’ County Fair Votes Against Native-American-Inspired Story Pole
(Oregon) -- After Native Americans raised concerns about cultural appropriation, the Oregon County Fair has announced it will no longer erect a so-called “Story...

5/2/2017

article Oregon Country Fair Board Axes "Story Pole"
(Oregon) -- After a recent surge of criticism, a Native American-style totem pole will not be installed at the Oregon Country Fair. The Fair Board made its decision...
article Who knew? Crying Indian is not Native American
(USA) -- Who knew? The crying Indian in the early 1970s ant-littering PSA commercial on TV was not Native American after all. This, according to Today I Found Out, the...

5/1/2017

article The Leftovers Gives Us All A Lesson In Cultural Appropriation
(Australia) -- The Leftovers is usually a meditation on grief, death, and faith following the show’s Rapture-like Sudden Departure. But, the grim HBO drama pressed...

4/30/2017

article Toronto gallery cancels show after concerns artist 'bastardizes' Indigenous art
(Toronto) -- Outrage over a Toronto artist borrowing from the style of an acclaimed Indigenous painter has prompted a gallery to cancel its plans for an upcoming exhibit...

4/28/2017

article A Native American called out this Coachella photo and got the most sincere apology
(California) -- Today, you'd be hard-pressed to find a music festival that isn't peppered with cultural appropriation. Everything from bindis to "box braids...
article Leslieville gallery cancels art show over concerns of Indigenous cultural appropriation
(Ontario) -- An art gallery in Leslieville has cancelled an upcoming exhibit after receiving complaints that works by a Toronto artist are offensive to Indigenous people.

4/27/2017

article Coachella Attendee Apologizes for Culturally Appropriating a Native American Headdress
(California) -- Outside of being the pinnacle of festival season and one of the determining factors for summer style trends, Coachella looks have notoriously been...
article BLOG: Missing The Target: Target & BaubleBar’s #StealingNativeCulture Partnership
(USA) -- About a month ago, I wrote a Dear Torrid Letter about Torrid ripping off Navajo culture by selling a knock-off of the iconic Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace.

4/26/2017

article Members of Native American Tribes Say Oregon Country Fair's "Story Pole" Is An Abomination
(Oregon) -- A wood-carved pole at the Oregon Country Fair is receiving pushback from members of Native American tribes. The "story pole" has been in the works...

4/20/2017

article Eskimeaux Change Name After Tanya Tagaq Confrontation
(USA) -- Gabrielle Smith is changing the name of her band Eskimeaux, following accusations by Polaris Prize-winning artist Tanya Tagaq and others that the word “...
article Eskimeaux Changes Name To Ó Following Criticism From Inuk Singer Tanya Tagaq
(New York) -- Brooklyn-based songwriter Gabrielle Smith has decided to change the name of her band, Eskimeaux, following criticism from Canadian Inuk throat singer Tanya...

4/18/2017

article Tanya Tagaq pushes U.S. band Eskimeaux to change its name
(Canada) -- Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq has convinced Brooklyn indie band Eskimeaux to swap out its name for one deemed more culturally sensitive. The Polaris Prize-...

4/4/2017

article 'No regard for the violent history of indigenous people': Brooklyn Beckham accused of 'disrespect' over 'meaningless' Native American tattoo
(UK) -- Brooklyn Beckham has come under fire over his 'disrespectful' first tattoo. The forearm inking, which directly mimics his father David's, is an...

4/3/2017

article American Tattoo Like His Dad’s, Comes Under Immediate Fire
(USA) -- On Sunday, Brooklyn Beckham got a new tattoo on his forearm. A day later, he’s fending off charges of cultural appropriation from Instagram users offended...

4/2/2017

article 'And we are done!': Brooklyn Beckham proudly unveils Native American tattoo as he loses his inking virginity
(UK) -- They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And that's clearly true when it comes to Brooklyn Beckham , who followed in his father's footsteps...

3/26/2017

article Newest Adam Sandler Netflix Deal Includes Four New Movies
(California) -- According to the latest from Deadline Hollywood, there is a four-movie extension of the Adam Sandler Netflix contract through his company Happy Madison...

3/23/2017

article BLOG: Valentino didn’t learn anything.
(Rhode Island) -- A couple days ago I went to a TJ Maxx in Massachusetts, and my sister and I were oo-ing and ahh-ing over some gorgeous studded Valentino heels. I...

3/19/2017

article Opinion: Concerns of Cultural Insensitivity at Steele Indian School Park
(Arizona) -- The Lost Lake Festival, a 3-day music festival is coming to the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix Arizona in October 2017. The Lost Lake Festival was...
article When is cultural appropriation OK? Never, say some Native Americans [audio]
(Washington) -- The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 makes it illegal to knowingly sell non-Native made goods as authentic Native American art or craft. More than 600...

3/7/2017

article BLOG: 10 Reasons Why Joseph Boyden is a Problem and Should Go Away
(Canada) -- If you’re reading this, you’re probably already well aware of the walking controversy that is Joseph Boyden. At times it might seem strenuous to...

3/6/2017

article Joseph Boyden: writers must be 'careful' on 'somebody else's turf'
(Canada) -- Acclaimed novelist Joseph Boyden, who has been dogged by controversy in recent months over his heritage and allegations that one of his short stories has...

2/24/2017

article Wear Now: Alanui's Native-American inspired cashmere cardigan
(UK) -- When summer is still a distant prospect and hibernation isn’t an option, reaching for the chicest knitwear you can find is the next best thing. Step...
article Joseph Boyden defends his story against allegations
(Ontario) -- It’s been a tough couple of months for the reputation of celebrated Canadian author Joseph Boyden. First his identity as an indigenous writer was...
article Similarities between Joseph Boyden story and Ojibway healer’s published work trigger questions
(Canada) -- Three Day Road author Joseph Boyden is facing questions over ‘intimate’ similarities found in a passage from one of his short stories and a piece...
article ‘Beyond coincidence’: Short story by Canadian author Joseph Boyden bears similarities to another work
(Saskatchewan) -- A celebrated Canadian author whose indigenous roots came under question this past winter is facing new scrutiny over similarities between a passage in...

2/18/2017

article From New York, to Paris, to D.C.: Native American fashion gains ground, in spite of stolen designs
(New York) -- As Fashion Week came to a close in New York on Wednesday, there were a few new designers showing just under the wire, and they weren’t run of the...
article Seminole Patchwork: Admiration And Appropriation
(Florida) -- Beginning Friday, the New York branch of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will host the exhibit Native Fashion Now, a traveling...

2/17/2017

article Czech company backs down after using Maori symbols in pokie game
(New Zealand) -- A Czech Republic company has taken down its Maori themed gambling game after accusations of cultural appropriation. The game, titled "Maori",...
article Maori-themed online game removed after protests
(New Zealand) -- A Maori-themed online gambling game has been withdrawn by its Czech creators after protests that it breached Maori intellectual property.

2/15/2017

article Māori-themed online game removed by Czech firm after NZ protests over intellectual property
(New Zealand) -- A Māori-themed online gambling game has been withdrawn by its Czech creators after protests that it breached Māori intellectual property. The game,...

2/8/2017

article The Violence of Cultural Appropriation
(New York) -- Let’s talk about cultural appropriation and the art world, and let’s do it without abstraction or recourse to the symbolic. I want to turn...

1/20/2017

article Coppola’s creative take on Native American cooking
(California) -- Oh, what a fuss over fry bread. Poor Werowocomoco, that nice little cafe at Francis Ford Coppola’s new Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville. Even...
article Interview with a dreamcatcher maker
(California) -- Before heading out of O.B. to a gem show in Arizona, Christian Fischer explained how he became a fabricator of dreamcatchers.

1/17/2017

article Opinion: It’s a culture not a costume
(Georgia) -- When the sun sets on Halloween night, ghouls and goblins come alive and trick-or-treaters dress themselves in the costumes and colors of other cultures.
article Against a Feathered Headdress: A Tale of Two Performance Festivals and Native American Voices
(New York) -- Two simultaneous performance events on January 8 revealed the gulf that still exists between certain New York art institutions in their approach to genuine...

1/12/2017

article Nude Artist Performs in Headdress; MoMA Apologizes, Creates Native Program
(New York) -- New York City’s Museum of Modern Art has apologized to the Native American community after attendees at a performance on January 8 were shocked and...

1/6/2017

article Minneapolis artist Rosy Simas protests nude performer wearing 'fake headdress'
(Minnesota) -- Local choreographer Rosy Simas saw a tweet congratulating New York’s American Realness Festival curator Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor for booking a...

12/22/2016

article Is Germany's 'Winnetou' reviving old Hollywood stereotypes?
(Germany) -- None of the Native Americans in the film are played by Native Americans, and Winnetou speaks the wrong language. That may not be controversial in Germany,...

12/18/2016

article BLOG: Racism, Author Accountability, and Nevernight
(Australia) -- This post is about Nevernight specifically my interactions with the author (along with some commentary) and a critique of passages from Nevernight.

12/12/2016

article J.K. Rowling criticized for culturally appropriating Native American culture in history of magic series
(USA) -- J.K. Rowling, acclaimed author of the Harry Potter series, created a multi-part background series on her website, Pottermore, detailing the history of magic in...

12/8/2016

article Opinion: ‘America is all about cultural appropriation’
(Kansas) -- I’d like to say a few words in defense of tacos and the Rolling Stones and your right to offend me. And my right to offend you. This comes up because...

12/5/2016

article How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truths
(Washington D.C.) -- I’ve said it before and I will say it again: the colonization of Pacific Islands is the greatest human adventure story of all time. People...

12/4/2016

article Native American costumes pulled from parade
(New Zealand) -- Up to 100,000 people attended the parade down Riccarton Road, lining the streets to watch the colourful floats and cultural demonstrations.

12/3/2016

article How to Shop for Native Fashion Without Being Culturally Appropriative
(USA) -- Urban Outfitters settled a five-year legal battle with the Navajo Nation last week that arose after the American brand released a line of products that...

11/21/2016

article Urban Outfitters Finally Settled Its Lawsuit With The Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Urban Outfitters has resolved its legal battle with the Navajo Nation at long last. Five years ago, the retailer landed in hot water with the Navajo Nation...

11/19/2016

article Urban Outfitters settles with Navajo Nation after illegally using tribe's name
(California) -- Urban Outfitters reached a settlement with the Navajo Nation after illegally using the tribe’s name for a collection that included “Navajo...

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