Essay about Native American Culture Appropriated By Native Americans

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Native American Culture Appropriated

“Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. It describes acculturation or assimilation, but can imply a negative view towards acculturation from a minority culture by a dominant culture.”(Cultural Appropriation, np) The Native American culture is an example of a culture that is being appropriated by society. Cultural appropriation happens all the time and most people don’t even realize they are offending people. In this essay, I will be discussing the Native American culture being appropriated, the different meanings of the clothing, and how this situation is affecting Native Americans.

To begin, Native American culture is not as respected as it should be. There is a major trend of people wearing Native American headdresses to music festivals and this offends Native Americans. “In many modern Native American tribes, the headdress is ceremonially used in weddings. In others, the headdress is a war bonnet worn to showcase men who have achieved a place of great respect within their tribe. Each feather in certain headdresses or bonnets must be earned through acts of courage and honor, or gifted in thanks for a job well done. Even further, in some tribes, headdresses are only worn by those who are considered political and spiritual leaders. Given the headdress 's deep cultural significance, it 's easy to see how donning one while waiting for the bass to drop could…

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