For a while I’ve been receiving some messages asking if I have a twitter, and suggesting that I start a twitter account to go along with this tumblr. But at this point, I really don’t have the time for anything like that. And I’m not even really a fan of twitter in my personal life because I’m not famous, nor am I that narcissistic. So for now that’s not going to be happening, but I thank all of you that have been inquiring about that, and for the suggestions. I will keep it in mind.
Great blog. I have always felt a affinity to the indigenous Americans, I feel our struggle is similar (some of our original core beliefs were the same). Keep it up your blog has inspired me in more ways than you will ever imagine.
I just wanted to say that I enjoy your blog. I'm half Native American, but I've been raised by the "white" side of my family. I've never been introduced to my Native culture. I love seeing the photos you post; it makes me feel proud of the "non-white" side of me. :)
Thank you! I hope you feel closer to your roots :)
I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoy your tumblr and look forward to seeing it pop in my feed. I'm a nez perce/cherokee and I think it's awesome that you retire all different tribes. And I really enjoy your contemporary pics! Also I totally understand why you keep referring people to the faqs. you can only answer the same question so many times. Keep doing what you're doing! You rock! Layla
Thank you so much! And it’s nice to know someone gets my constant FAQ referencing haha. Answering questions can be so tedious at times, and my inbox is constantly filled; I can only answer so many questions a day, and sometimes I think people don’t realize I have a life beyond this Tumblr.
I’m also glad to know someone’s enjoying the contemporary pictures. I just want to show that there’s more to Natives than Pow Wow attire and Edward Curtis photos. So thank you again for this message!
I wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog. Coming from a completely Euro-American background, I know I can't really connect with the pain, maltreatment, marginalization, discrimination, and appropriation the Native American population deals with on a regular basis, but that doesn't mean I should ignore it and not learn from it. I appreciate your blog for that very reason.
I do have a question, though. My godmother was "adopted" by a tribe in N. WI and because of this, when I was a kid I spent a lot of time listening to stories and spending time with the kids on the reservation. My mother also took me to different powwows all over the state. I loved them and had such a fun time, running around with all of my friends before they participated in the ceremony.
Now, though, as I'm older, I wonder if it would be disrespectful for me to attend powwows? Obviously I would not go unless I were invited, but would it be rude of me to attend? I definitely think there is a difference between attending when you're a kid and when you're an adult (even if you're an adult who believes in and fights for Native rights) and I'd like to hear your thoughts.
Thank you :)
There are lots of PowWow’s all over North America that are open to the public, and therefore, encourage people to go visit, watch and sometimes even participate in the festivities. As long as you’re respectful of the people there and the culture, you should attend one. I highly recommend it. Just don’t show up wearing a headdress or moccasins, and be aware if there are signs or if they announce that pictures are not allowed during certain dances or ceremonies.
i know this might seem like a stupid question, but it's been bothering me. I'm "white", although i am a first generation american as my mom came from Greece and my dad from Holland. earlier this year a teacher got me into reading Carlos Casteneda books and learning about indigenous culture and following a way of life more like Native Americans. after seeing some of your posts i feel like i might be exploiting your culture, what do you think?
This question is kind of vague, I’m not sure what you’re referencing when you say you’re “following a way of life more like Native Americans”? If you could be more clear on this, (let me know in what way you’re doing this), I could answer it better.
But I will say, if it’s been bothering you, or eating at your conscience, then chances are yes, you may be exploiting Native culture.
I'm white, and I adore Native culture. I've been fascinated since I was really young and I just love it. Religion, food, history, everything. I've always wanted to go to a powwow and what's most important tome is to volunteer for red feather... but are white people accepted? I don't want to come across as the hipster head dress wearing type, because the few native things I own (moccasins and bracelets) are authentic and I only really wear them at home. Long story short, are white people uh, welcome?
Of course you’d be accepted. There’s no bias for those who volunteer. Volunteer organizations are always happy to receive volunteers, regardless of their ethnic background, or lack there of.
Please also see this link here, it’s similar to your question.
Why do you think that certain aspects of Native American culture, like headdresses and facial paint, have become popular amongst white suburban teenagers?
I think a lot of it has to do with singers and bands they’re listening to and modeling themselves after. And also because of the current Fashion trends in which designers have been using a lot of Native American and African tribal prints. Kids are always influenced by what they see in main stream media.