Dressing up like 'Indians'
I will say this
flatly - please do not dress yourself or your kids up
Although it should not be necessary for me to have
to explain why
this is a no-no, I will elaborate briefly.... I have an
friend who told me that on several occasions
on halloween night
he came to his door to find a white child who
was dressed up
like a 'black' person, complete with painted face
and fake afro.
He was never upset with the child, but did say he
thought the parents
needed a swift kick in the rear! I also have,
as you can imagine
with all the 'Poca-haunt-us' hoopla, endured
little kids dressed up like 'Indians' by their folks.
many problems with this. One big problem is that it
American Indian race. Our traditional regalia is
much more than
clothing. It is a sacred and personal spiritual
expression of our
most holy ways. When we paint our face a
certain way, wear
eagle feathers and design our incredibly
of bead, quill, leather, shell and so on, these
are all very holy
and sacred interpretations of our spirituality.
To dress an innocent
child in silly colored chicken feathers,
a brown paper sack
and paint their face with mock 'Indian'
designs is an insult
to the sacred spiritual expressions of
people. That having been said, I think it is
important to say
that no one should ever 'dress up' like an
'Indian', an 'Asian',
an 'African', or any other race. It is
simple common sense.
To do this is to make a game of
to trivialize a race for the sake of
the way, a 'pilgrim' is not a race) So, it is
my hope that people
will learn that it is insensitive and
just plain morally
wrong to dress up like someone else's
we all learn to be considerate of others.......
Written by John Two-Hawks
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