(I know you just want to look as cool as this guy. He’s SO COOL. ::eyeroll::)
Hey. It’s me again. It’s that time of year. You might be like, “Hey! What should I wear for Halloween this year?!?!” and some of you might be like, “OMG, I’ll be an INDIAN.”
Don’t know why? I’ve got 8 posts about why. Detailing every angle and possibility of why you might think it’s ok. It’s not. Feel free to peruse/browse/read/repost, and hopefully learn!
- The one stop for all your “Indian costumes are racist” needs!: Revisits a 2012 post that showed the racist descriptions of the Indian costumes on the Spirit website, as well as talks about Tonto costumes, and links to many of these posts below. Yay.
- So your friend dressed up as an Indian, now what? : A play-by-play description of how I approach folks dressed as Indians, includes references to pumpkin cookies and a nice long ranty-rant at the end once the angry comments got to me.
- Open Letter to the Pocahotties: Annotated version: Every year the original letter (see 2011) gets reposted, so I felt the need to deconstruct why people get so up in arms about this post in particular. I did a rhetorical analysis on myself, because nerd.
- So You Wanna be an Indian for Halloween?: I took the liberty of doctoring up the Spirit Halloween Store description of “Indian” costumes (see below)
- Open Letter to the Pocahotties and Indian Warriors on Halloween: Always a classic. Great way to receive hate comments on your FB, if you’re interested.
- Halloween Costume Shopping: A Sampling of the Racism for Sale: Written in response to the Pocahottie letter. I went to the actual source to show how in-your-face the racism is.
- We are not a Costume: Early form of #positiverepresentations on the blog. Letting Native folks push back agains the negative representations
- Paris Hilton as a “Sexy Indian”: The halloween fallout begins: Before I felt comfortable laying it all out, but links to lots of other halloween resources that are still relevant!
TL;DR: Native peoples are a contemporary, LIVING group of people, not a costume. Seriously. Stop putting us in the same category as wizards and clowns. Don’t believe me? come to a Native event dressed like that, and see how many friends you make! Fun for everyone!