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Tricking or Treating Indians

The basic problems with dressing up as Indians are covered in my page on Indian wannabes and imitators. For instance:

One big problem is that it trivializes the 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 complex patterns 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 American Indian people.

Written by John Two-Hawks

Problems with dressing up as particular types of Indinas are covered in such postings as

The big chief
The trouble with face-painting
Indian women as sex objects
Indians as warriors
Savage Indians

Holiday horror
Here are some thoughts on dressing up as an Indian on Halloween:

School full of stereotypical Indians
Playing Indian for Thanksgiving
Halloween protest, 2008 edition
Why my daughter will never dress in a national costume for Halloween
Mascot or Halloween costume?
Dressing up = learning experience?
Playing Indian on Halloween

Related links
Fun 4th of July facts
This ain't no party:  a Columbus Day rant
Ten little Pilgrims and Indians

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