I appreciate where this post is going, but as someone with Native friends and family, I have to constantly be vigilant for one of the most harmful myths about indigenous North American peoples: that they’ve “all” died/been killed/they are a thing of the past.
This is an extremely important idea NOT to propagate in any way because it makes it really easy not to care about Native issues if they only exist in a philosophical sense, and not a personal one. It’s much easier to live your life forgetting that native people exist and reservations (or POW camps, depending on how the people living there feel) still exist all around us. It’s easy to make this issue about something trivial- white girls at parties/concerts/Halloween- and less about the living, breathing peoples these stupid choices are harming. It makes tribal schools, white washing, and systematic oppression more real, effective, and a central focus and proves the genocide to have been effective.
I would ask that people please don’t spread this image without further discussion or a caption about this issue. PLEASE
I absolutely agree with this. It is erasure to say that no Native Americans exist today.
When I reposted this, I was more or less thinking that you don’t go dressing up as people your ancestors bragged about harming and killing, but it’s really disrespectful to living Native Americans to say all of them have died.
Thanks for the reblog of my commentary, though! I hoped it was thought provoking for some people. I’ve tried to enlist the help of a few blogs with appropriation focuses and native focuses to remind people to please be careful of that particular brand of hyperbolic language, but I haven’t seen anything yet.People often get in arms about other erasure, so I am hopeful that if a few people keep calling it out, a more concious culture can be created.
~ Huntress of the Dwarfs ~