Virtual Field Trip: Cultural Appropriation
People and cultures have always exchanged and borrowed ideas from each other to create new forms of art and symbolic expression. Whether intentionally or not, most if not all human creations reflect varied sources of inspiration.
Why, then, are some products negatively labeled “cultural appropriation” or their creators accused of disrespecting the very cultures they found inspiring? And why do products inspired from Indigenous cultural heritage seem to spark particularly strong reactions and pushback? (Think Before You Appropriate)
Your Field Guide
Use the suggested websites below to get a broad view of your desitnation, or select another scholarly resource to get started:
- e-Book: Think Before you Appropriate Things to know and questions to ask in order to avoid misappropriating Indigenous cultures, A guide for creators and designers
- Article: The do’s, don’ts, maybes, and I-don’t-knows of cultural appropriation.
Choose ONE and Explore More Deeply
Choose one of these two topics.
Use the suggested links below to explore your topic more deeply or select your own scholarly resources:
- Website: Inspired Natives: Not Native Inspired, Eighth Generation: Through the Inspired Natives Project, Eighth Generation creates opportunities for cultural artists who, like Louie a short 8 years ago, struggle to meet demand for their handmade cultural art.
- Article: the critical fashion lover’s (basic) guide to cultural appropriation
- Article: Native Fashion Now, Portland Art Museum
- Article: Why the ‘Native’ Fashion Trend is Pissing Off Real Native Americans, Collectors Weekly
- Video: Japanese Women Try On Geisha Halloween Costumes
- Article: Clown Costumes Banned, Racist Native American Costumes Still OK?Indian Country Today
- Article: Who Made that Redskins Logo? New York Times Magazine
- Article: The Cleveland Indians’ Logo Is Changing After Decades Of Debate Study Breaks
- Article: Cleveland Indians Will Abandon Chief Wahoo Logo Next Year New York Times
Article: When white actors play other races, BBC Culture