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Tail Feather Collection: Gabrielle G.-01 by Edd1ZzLe Tail Feather Collection: Gabrielle G.-01 by Edd1ZzLe
Tail Feather Collection: Gabrielle G.

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Cleofe Arcilla
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CerisaM Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Disgusting. So cheap and uninspired. Hopelessly lacking creativity. You've caused great offence to two cultures simultaneously. you'd have to be living under a freakin rock to not be aware that this is incredibly offensive on many different levels. I believe you are aware and do it anyway. No honor, no integrity, just typical privileged assholes taking what they want because they feel like it
Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
BEHOLD: The epitome of cultural appropriation and ignorance!
if you're going to complain, don't forget that I have a little thing called research. By wearing a sacred item, you are mocking my culture and com modifying a sombre holiday celebrated by Mexicans to honour their dead. You should be ashamed of yourself, and you should not even try to justify yourself because it makes you look petty. I did not havemy people's  land stolen and destroy to be mocked. Educate your ass before you do something stupid. Oh, wait; you have a gallery full of this. Chi pasa and whatnot.
Karalajn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Wow, it's remarkable... Love the colours, especially green around eyes harmonized with the ring!
satirique Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
nice colors :3 love the pic.
abaum510 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fucking awesome...this is an amazing photograph
aerofish Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
There are 564 Native American tribal entities recognized; warbonnets were actually only worn by a dozen or so Indian tribes in the Great Plains region, such as the Sioux, Crow, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, and Plains Cree. White hipster girls are not among those recognized to wear the ceremonial regalia worn only by chiefs and warriors.
TwoDecks Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
I have seen historical photography of girls wearing the bonnets, so don't think in absolutes so much. Besides, the Great Plains natives were not the only ones to wear bonnets. The Zuni in New Mexico did as well, and they lived in adobe homes built on hilltops and mesas.
Edd1ZzLe Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional
There are more then a million things wrong in this world yet you focused on something as trivial and superficial as someone wearing a headdress. :)
iliumleather Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
that is awesome
Erameline Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, cultural appropriation!
Edd1ZzLe Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional
Some people cultural appropriation, I called it cultural integration. I suppose segregation is how it should be? Only an Irishmen can celebrate St. Patricks day and wear green. I suppose a persons race should be bound by its cultural ancestral line. Maybe a nation considered as a melting pot of cultural backgrounds should only celebrate what is social accepted…cultural appropriation? The US is built on mix and shared cultural, without this…u and i wouldnt be in the exact ground we're standing on

Cheers :)
Erameline Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No. Cultural appropriation is completely different from integration. There's a HUGE difference between someone dressing up in a headdress because it's fun and someone dressing up in St. Patrick's attire, and it's not just in the inherent cultural meanings. The headdress is an incredibly sacred piece to the Native Americans while someone dressing as a leprechaun literally means nothing because leprechauns do not exist. To fool around with or fetishize native attire while not bothering to learn anything about its significance is incredibly selfish, offensive, and dehumanizing to a group of people who have been being systematically destroyed and/or oppressed for HUNDREDS OF YEARS.

My friend Kimber is actually Native American, so I figure she's more qualified to speak on the situation. Here's where she said it best:

"You don’t find wearing headdresses or dressing as Native offensive because it doesn’t mean anything to you. You have no connection to it and can’t. When you see someone dressed as Native (or, worse, acting Native), you’re not looking at a dehumanizing funhouse mirror representation of how someone views people like you. These things don’t connect you to the world or people like you.

And, even if you were educated enough to really understand why those offenses aren’t little things because of their cultural significance and the history of systematic biological and cultural genocide and persecution that’s continuously taken place over the last 500+ years by the people appropriating said regalia, that still would never be anything but information you’ve acquired.

While you’re certainly entitled to your opinion, you need to understand its validity in this: there will never be a time in your entire life where you become more qualified than a member of ANY other race or culture to decide what counts as truly offensive to them. And the idea you have any right or place deciding that for races/cultures you can’t fully understand and aren’t a member of is really privileged thinking.

When it comes to what counts as offensive to other races or cultures, you don’t get a vote. Your opinion is not valid, especially if you belong to the dominating culture. You only get the option of being an educated, empathetic person and respecting what they tell you, or not. And, if you choose not to because you’ve decided it’s a little thing, those people are equally entitled to the opinion that you’re a racist—but theirs will be an educated one."

Here's some further light reading:
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"The exact ground we're standing on" ... used to belong to the Native Americans until a bunch of white people sailed in and forcibly took it from them. Yeah, I'm so proud of that legacy, this melting pot built atop blood.

Educate yourself.
Edd1ZzLe Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional
I find it interesting that your against this whole native american cultural appropriation and accuse me of being offensive to them while ignorantly saying wearing green on St. Patricks day is because of leprechauns. lol
First off, wearing green attire and attending public parades and drinking are symbolism of the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol. Though in the modern day it has become very much about drinking, it still nonetheless has sacred value to Christians so please enlighten me how other cultural celebrations are not demeaning but yet wearing a headdress is?

And St. Patricks day was just an example of many. America is a melting pot, we have borrowed and stole from almost every culture. How about Kung Fu, it was a sacred skill and only supposed to be taught and learned by asian ethnicity, yet many fighting styles around the world and culture have borrow it and stole it. I guess everyone that knows it are being offensive, heartless, and ignorant?

There are many example and I can keep going on but it'll just be a waste of time, many cultures have borrow and stole from others.

And if you really care about native american oppression and "their" land, I really hope u don't live in the United States because if you do, that is very hypocritical of you to state how offensive my work is while living in a society that has stole, destroyed, and conquered "their" land. And I say their in quotes because this land really doesnt belongs to anyone, its not mine, not yours, not the indians, or white mans. Its dirt in the ground. When we all die, it is not ours to keep. We're all human and humans tend to create possession which is why we have boundries and territories, when it really belongs to no one. Maybe their the first people to live here but it doesnt belong to them more then the sky belongs to the first person who looked up and saw it.

And please dont tell me my vote does not count or my opinion is not valid because first of all it does, I don't know who you think you are but this fallacy of saying that my opinion is not valid because you say so and because im not indian is ridiculously wrong. I may not be a native american but any human being who tells another human being their opinion is invalid on any subject, well i wouldnt call it oppressive but somewhere all those lines. I may not have appropriate discourse or power to tell or suggest what actions to take for indian tribes because im not indian but still my opinion counts nonetheless, maybe not to them but it doesnt matter to who, an opinion is an opinion and is still valid. thats why its called an opinion.

I dont see people in groups or at least i try not to because if you see people in groups, you segregate them and thats a form of racism. I have a culture i belong to as well but i dont get offended when ppl try to act or wear my cultures stuff.
skaname Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
cactusmumkate Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool work :clap:
Postmorteum Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Amazing portrait.
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