It’s almost 2012! How are these for some slightly embarassing statistics–my 2010 blog post count: 158 and 2011? only 58. (Where did those 100 posts go?) But don’t worry, my goal for 2012: 5 million blog posts!!! Or at least more than once every three weeks. Also look for a blog re-design in the new year, as well as some other exciting things in the world of Native Approps.
I’ve been inspired by Jessica over at Beyond Buckskin–she’s been doing some great round-up posts to close out 2011, so I thought I would throw together one of my own. Also, if you haven’t already, check out Beyond Buckskin’s new design, twitter, and facebook page. Show the Native blog-o-sphere some love!
So without further ado, here are the most clicked on posts this year for Native Appropriations:
11. A “Cowboys and Indians” party is just as bad as a blackface party.
I talked about the strange world that we live in in which dressing up in redface for a party is A-ok, and blackface is the ultimate taboo. Really, it’s so frustrating when you think about it.
10. Love in the Time of Blood Quantum
The post that originated the term “unicorn” to describe an educated, motivated, culturally connected Native man–a term that has snuck into our everyday lexicon out here on the East Coast. I still want someone to do a follow up on this from the Unicorn perspective, or a non-heteronormative perspective…you know you want to!
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9. The Privilege of the Yay Life Tribe
Oh Tucker Gumber, “Chief” of the “Yay Life Tribe”–how’s that cashing out of your 401K to go to music festivals working out for you?
8. Let’s Talk About Pendleton
Thinking through my own strange relationship with Pendleton, how I love and value my blankets, but got mad when hipsters started thinking it was totes cool to march around town in Pendleton everything.
7. Oh Spirit Hoods.
Wearing a decapitated stuffed animal on your head became the newest trend this year. And they managed to throw in some hardcore cultural appropriation in there too…there’s even a response from the owners in here.
6. Urban Outfitters is Obsessed with Navajos
This one I’m most proud of–remember all the craziness with Navajo Nation and Urban Outfitters with their Navajo-named products? You heard it here first! Much thanks to my “sources” within the Navajo DOJ that gave me the tip initially and let me break the story.
5. Representing the Native Presence in the “Occupy Wall Street” Narrative
When trying to be inclusive sends the wrong message (a Plains warrior for an occupation on Lenape homelands?), and my early thoughts on the Occupy movements.
4. Oh, (Miss) Canada.
When Miss Canada decided an “Homage to the Haida” should include a full plains warbonnet and a strange take on NW coast art on her dress.
3. Halloween Costume Shopping: A sampling of the racism for sale
The photos and descriptions from the Spirit Halloween store that read like an Onion article. The most in-your-face example of racism this year, hands down.
2. Miley Cyrus Enjoys Dream Catchers, Apparently.
I think the key word combo of “Miley Cyrus” “tattoo” and “18th Birthday” made this one a winner
And the number one clicked post…drumroll…with almost 25,000 page views (that’s incredible!)
1. Open Letter to the PocaHotties and Indian Warriors this Halloween
In which I get angry and “emotional” at all the people who decide to dress up as Indians for Halloween. It was shared close to 10,000 times on facebook, and I got called some really mean names. But I think it was worth it!
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year, and I’ll see you in 2012!!