Post #40: An Open Letter to Non-Natives in Headresses

indian halloween

There are hundreds of posts and articles pertaining to cultural appropriation out there, and I could share any number of the ones I have read (though most people would probably ignore them anyway,) but I decided this one was the best one to start with. It’s written by Chelsea Vowel, a Plains Cree speaking Metis woman in Montreal. Chelsea politely and intelligently illustrates specifically why wearing a headdress is offensive, but I think it also speaks to the overall mocking of cultures we do at Halloween (and other times) by creating stereotyped costumes of living, breathing cultures. You can expect me to share many more of this posts approaching Halloween in an effort to educate people as to the offensive nature of appropriated costumes.

Chelsea Vowel: An Open Letter to Non-Natives in Headdress

*New readers may wonder why I’m sharing these posts and why they’re numbered. Here’s a link to my post I’m Giving Up HATE, PREJUDICE and INDIFFERENCE for Lent.

And here are my latest 5 posts in the series:
Post #35: We All Do It: Ableist Prejudice Against Disabled Persons
Post #36: The Secret Dual Lives of People Living With mental Illness
Post #37: 13 Things People with Chronic Diseases Wish You Understood
Post #38: 9 Portraits That Prove Feminism Really is for Everyone
Post #39: Nina Simone’s Face

*Please remember to leave the sites I post clean. We are here to learn, not debate. Even if you disagree, we need to learn that just because we have an opinion, doesn’t mean we need to share it all the time.*