27th July, 2014

j4ya:

Guys, PLEASE remember that henna has its roots not only in South Asia, but in parts of Africa and the Middle East as well. It’s not working towards anything if, when discussing the general use of henna, we end up perpetuating cultural erasure by acting like our race is the only one whose use of it matters. Remember to include all of henna’s history throughout the world when educating people about it!

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27th July, 2014

Anonymous asks:

because poc have no power in us society why is it a problem if they appropriate?

That’s a silly and insulting thing to say.

Can you honestly say anyway that cultural appropriation is okay? No. Even if the MAXIMUM AMOUNT of harm isn’t being done it is still an ignorant, dick move. It can still do harm to that culture. Even just on a basic manners level, no one likes their things disrespected.

Also we are talking about culture. There is an over all US culture and it breaks down more from there. That break down by the way, doesn’t start at racial lines. Suggesting that only white people have people in us society not only degrades every current person of color in office, in charge, and making changes social change it erases the ones that have been doing it.

27th July, 2014

Anonymous asks:

For the person asking about native religions, God is Red by Vine Deloria is a great book that offers some really profound insight.

lastrealindians:

Excellent suggestion. Vine is a great place to start.

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26th July, 2014

Everytime I see a post of a girl wearing a bindi or headpiece tagging stuff like “gypsie”, “boho”, “mermaid”, and “free spirit”, it makes me want to scream. Most girls who are not of Hindu faith or who do not study religion don’t even know the meaning behind the bindi. These girls need to stop wearing it because they think it’s “cute”. It’s disrespectful to those who are actual followers and believers of the Hindu faith.

While I agree that tagging this with BS is annoying, you know you just excluded a lot of South Asia from wearing bindis, right? If you want to put a return to roots out there, I get it. But you can’t justify calling wearing it while not Hindu cultural appropriation. 

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26th July, 2014

How To Give and Receive Support

believeinrecovery:

Developing a support system:

You have to be willing to ask for help. It doesn’t make you weak; it’s OK to let people give you what they can.

Be open and honest about what you need.

The benefit of a support system is that your whole network won’t be down on the same day. When you really need support, someone will be there.

Expect ups and downs over the following months, but trust that the pain will gradually lessen.

Giving support to a grieving friend:  

Be available.  

Remember that your friend is in a very different place emotionally. 

If you’re not sure what to say or do, just ask. Say, “Do you feel like talking about this right now?” If they do, be there for them.

Don’t tell them you know how they feel, unless you’ve really been there. You don’t have to know exactly what they are going through to offer support.

If they don’t want to discuss their heartache, don’t press the issue. Let them know that you are there for them regardless.

Don’t treat your friend like an invalid. Encourage him or her to get out and get busy doing day-to-day activities.

Be supportive but not smothering.

Recognize that you may need your own support system. Sometimes you can give support, and other times you’ll need to receive it. Don’t expect yourself to always be the leader.

Watch out for a shift into depression. If you see your friend withdrawing into an emotion fetal position, it’s time to intervene. 

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25th July, 2014

hylianears:

micdotcom:

Canadian music festival takes huge step against Native appropriation
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From their announcement:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.
hylianears:

micdotcom:

Canadian music festival takes huge step against Native appropriation
Follow micdotcom 

From their announcement:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.
hylianears:

micdotcom:

Canadian music festival takes huge step against Native appropriation
Follow micdotcom 

From their announcement:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.

hylianears:

micdotcom:

Canadian music festival takes huge step against Native appropriation

Follow micdotcom 

From their announcement:

For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.

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24th July, 2014

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24th July, 2014

I want to write a detailed, informed reply to this post but I just keep descending into caps lock rage.

Why is /just no/ not a good response.

24th July, 2014

Anonymous asks:

I sent you an ask about czech/bohemians, and I was wondering if you got it -and will answer it soon- or it tumblr ate it. Thanks

It’s a I’m sitting a a computer on a weekend kind if ask. It a good one and I hope to get to it soon.

24th July, 2014

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24th July, 2014

Anonymous asks:

Uh, hi. So, I was wondering, is it cultural appropriation for a lesbian to use traditionally "gay male" phrases? I'm lesbian, and often find myself saying things like "hey girl hey!" and "yaaaas, slaaaay!". I guess what I'm wondering is if something counts as appropriation when it's between two oppressed groups. Thanks! Love your blog, by the way!

Any culture can be appropriated from. Power dynamics are what to look at when gauging the damage done (dominate culture taking from smaller culture without correct representation in it is going to do some harm).

In the case of phrases though, it isnt much of an issue in terms of cultural appropriation.