September 23, 2014
Agitprop in Riga

coyotedialectic:

Riga 1920/22: Theatre studio at the workers’ college

A decisive step for me was the work in Riga. (For personal reasons I had moved back there).1 The Communist Party was forbidden in Latvia, but they continued their propaganda activities nonetheless. I worked with them.

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In Riga there…

August 31, 2014
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July 14, 2014
An Open Letter to Non-Natives in Headdresses

apihtawikosisan:

tânisi!

I see you are confused about what constitutes cultural appropriation. I would like to provide you with resources and information on the subject so that you can better understand what our concerns are.

However, I also want you to have a brief summary of some of the more…

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July 14, 2014
Shower of Sparks: Native Culture believes 'Hipsters' to be Racist?

apihtawikosisan:

amandamped:

I have never been considered a hipster and if you knew me in person I’m sure you’d all agree.

I have a purely innocent obsession with Native American life, culture, and style; to the point at which I believe I was a Native in my past life. I love everything about their ways of life now and in the past, everything they stand for, and the respect they have for the world.

I had just recently come across a few memes you depicting all the hate and anger the Native population has towards the pictures of obviously white/european people in headdresses and face paint, for being racist towards the Native American culture. As ignorant as it sounds I was shocked these photos could be taken as an insult… Here I am re-blogging them thinking they’re all so creative and beautiful and supporting a culture i love, not knowing that these very pictures had been taken offensively. 

The point of this post is just for me to apologize for taking part/ encouraging (in a way) the ‘hipsters’ to continue they’re racism I will do my best to avoid re-blogging pictures of this nature, although I cannot make promises it won’t happen.

I believe the best way anyone of any culture could look at these pictures is to just take it all in as a compliment; They obviously like the way the Native culture is and are trying to be a part of it, unaware of how their actions can be interpreted. 

That’s my take on the whole thing— Sorry for the rant.

Tan’si,

Your first problem is that you seem to think Native American cultures are homogenous, or singular.  There are over 50 distinct indigenous linguistic groups in Canada alone, and within each linguistic group can be found extreme variations in regional culture.  So which Native American culture do you have this purely innocent interest in?  All of them?  Wow, that’s a huge amount of diversity to start looking into.

Your second problem is related to the first.  When you discuss Native American style, what are you talking about?  The inaccurate and romanticised idea of what ‘natives wear’, with all the fringes and dreamcatcher themes and silly headbands that only very few indigenous nations actually use? (Headbands as an ‘Indian’ thing became popular because of westerns, where they helped keep the wigs on the non-native actors portraying natives)  Produced in mass quantities by corporations who cater to stereotypes, selling products that in no way benefit actual native peoples?

Or are you talking about the vast variety of styles that we actually wear, both modern and traditional?  Would you actually even recognise these styles?  Would they fit your mental image of what we look like?  It’s unlikely.

Some of the things we wear are not just ‘fashion’.  They mean something very important, and if you do actually have an interest in our cultures, you will respect those items by not wearing them unless you have earned them.

Other items actually made by us, are available to you.  Again if you are interested in our cultures, you should make an effort to learn about these items and purchase them from our artisans rather than from big box stores that have nothing to do with any Native American nation.

Your third problem is that you don’t actually seem to know anything about any of us, which suggests that the ideas you have about our ‘ways of life’ past and present, are probably extremely inaccurate.  It is very frustrating to have people believe stupid things about us, or make things up about us, and then have them tell us they are respecting us.  No, if you valued our cultures, you would learn about them, and stop doing the disrespectful things that add up to systemic discrimination against us.

Do not tell us to ‘take it as a compliment’ when someone disrespects us.  Do not tell us to ‘take is as a compliment’ when someone profits off stereotypes about us, while so many of our communities struggle with the kind of extreme poverty you aren’t supposed to see in a ‘developed’ nation. 

And do not tell us to excuse ignorance as though it is innocent.  It is not.  The kind of ignorance surrounding who Native American peoples are, is responsible for some of the most horrific massacres, sexual and physical abuse of children and cultural violence ever seen.  You probably don’t know much about that, but it is a part of your history too, and if you want to honour us…ANY of us…then you need to start learning about it.

When you do, you’ll no longer be confused about why these images are so fucking offensive.

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July 13, 2014
An Open Letter to Non-Natives in Headdresses

apihtawikosisan:

tânisi!

I see you are confused about what constitutes cultural appropriation. I would like to provide you with resources and information on the subject so that you can better understand what our concerns are.

However, I also want you to have a brief summary of some of the more…

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July 13, 2014

thisisnotafrica:

‘I AM AFRICAN CAMPAIGN’ BY supermodel Iman with keepachildalive.org

from the website:

“Each and every one of us contains DNA that can be traced back to our African ancestors.

These amazing people traveled far and wide. Now they need our help. Most Africans cannot afford the lifesaving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) that have transformed AIDS in the West to a treatable and manageable disease. We take them for granted here in the West but to an African family they are tragically out of reach because of cost, even by some Governments.”

 

 According to The Washington Post (cited from http://www.thebody.com/content/art38662.html): created by model and cosmetic entrepreneur Iman — the project is based on the idea that Africa is the “mother continent,”.  Celebrities — including musicians David Bowie, Seal and Alicia Keyes; actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Richard Gere; — wear face paint that is based on traditional tribal markers. “I picked [the celebrities]” because “I felt they didn’t put their face with too many charities, and I wanted different age groups,” Iman said. She said that it is possible that the celebrities’ participation in the program could be used to elevate their own image, but added that if “celebrities can do something for Africa, why should I care what their agendas are?”

this is hilarious. 

Poor Iman. She’s been living in the West far too long. What a shitstorm of a campaign. Good thing it got a lot of bad reviews. (click on the keepachildalive.org link, it’s so STEREOTYPICAL)

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July 13, 2014

enchallah:

The Keffiyeh is not a fashion statement. It is a political statement. Know what you’re wearing before you falsely adorn it.

Outside of the Middle East and North Africa, the keffiyeh first gained popularity among activists supporting the Palestinians in the conflict with Israel.

Its prominence increased in the 1960s with the beginning of the Palestinian resistance movement and its adoption by Palestinian politician Yasser Arafat. Another Palestinian figure associated with the keffiyeh is Laila Khaled, a female member of the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. These photos often included Khaled wearing a keffiyeh in the style of a Muslim woman’s hijab, wrapped around the head and shoulders. This was unusual, as the keffiyeh is associated with Arab masculinity, and many believe this to be something of a statement by Khaled, denoting her equality with men in the Palestinian armed struggle.The colors of the stitching in a keffiyeh are also vaguely associated with Palestinians’ political sympathies. Traditional black and white keffiyehs became associated with Fatah. Later, red and white keffiyehs were adopted by Palestinian Marxists, such as the PFLP. Today, Palestinian Marxists have virtually disappeared, and red and white keffiyehs are instead identified with Hamas.

 

The color symbolism of the scarves is by no means universally accepted by all Palestinians or Arabs. Its importance should not be overstated, as the scarves are used by Palestinians and Arabs of all political affiliations, as well as by those with no particular political sympathies.

Unfortunately,

today, this symbol of Palestinian identity is now largely imported from China. With the scarf’s growing popularity in the 2000s, Chinese manufacturers entered the market, driving Palestinians out of the business. In 2008, Yasser Herbawi, who for five decades had been the only Palestinian manufacturer of keffiyehs, is now struggling with sales. The Herbawi Textile Factory has 16 machines. In 1990, all 16 machines were functioning, making 750 keffiyahs per day. Today, only 2 machines are used, making a mere 300 keffiyahs per week. Unlike the Chinese manufactured ones, Herbawis uses 100% cotton. Yasser Herbawis son, Izzat, states the importance of creating the Palestinian symbol, in Palestine, “the keffiyah is a tradition of Palestine and it should be made in Palestine. We should be the ones making it.”.

If you’re going to buy a Keffiyeh, make sure it is made in Palestine or the Mid East. Not China.

Another misfortune,

In 2007, the American clothing store chain, Urban Outfitters, stopped selling keffiyehs after “a pro-Israel activist… complained about the items”, and the store also issued a statement that “the company had not intended ‘to imply any sympathy for or support of terrorists or terrorism’ in selling the keffiyehs and was pulling them”.

And that is why I never shop at Urban Outfitters.

Point being people, know what it symbolizes. It’s not cute, it’s not on sale, it’s not ‘what’s in’ …it’s a support for freedom.

Free Palestine.

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May 24, 2014

bettersupes:

Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You is a project where pictures are drawn based on girls’ superhero costumes.

Say hi to Super Baby Princess Sophie! This submission was kindly drawn by the talented artist, Angie, of Angie Arts!

May 17, 2014

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