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VICTORIA SECRET INDIAN HEADDRESS: ARE WE BECOMING A NATION OF WUSSIES OR A NATION OF MEDIA WHORES?

Someone is always looking for media attention to push their agenda. Whether good or bad, news trolls comb the media for anything that can be the basis of a news release and more media attention for their cause. In this case, some crybaby took offense at a Victoria’s Secret model wearing a faux “Indian-style” headdress. Or more realistically, saw another media opportunity to push their own agenda. 

I call bullpucky …

You want to preserve your culture. You want to call attention to the plight of your people – many who live in substandard housing, eke out a living and have substandard medial care – rail against the corrupt government policies which seem to run your lives. Or better yet, figure out a way to be self-sustaining as your ancestors once were. I know a number of Indians who are productive members of society and support their culture without becoming crybabies.

I do not understand how a once proud people have allowed themselves to slip into poverty and irrelevance – or to be exploited for commercial advantage because of a quirk in the law. I do not understand this “we are citizens, but not citizens” culture. You are either Americans, open to all of the opportunities that America offers, or you are wards of a dysfunctional government.

What is wrong with this?  

VS apologizes for use of Native American headdress in fashion show

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona – Victoria's Secret has apologized for putting a Native American-style headdress on a model for its annual fashion show, after the outfit was criticized as a display of ignorance toward tribal culture and history. The company responded to the complaints over the weekend by saying it was sorry to have upset anyone and that it wouldn't include the outfit in the show's television broadcast next month, or in any marketing materials. "We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone," the company said.

Karlie Kloss wearing an Indian headdress during the taping of The 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York

Historically, headdresses are a symbol of respect, worn by Native American war chiefs and warriors. For Great Plains tribes, for instance, each feather placed on a headdress has significance and had to be earned through an act of compassion or bravery. Some modern-day Native American leaders have received war bonnets in ceremonies accompanied by prayers and songs.

"When you see a Lakota chief wearing a full headdress, you know that he was a very honorable man. He was a leader. He did a lot of honorable things for his people," said Michelle Spotted Elk, a Santa Cruz, California, woman of mixed heritage whose husband is Lakota. "It also has religious significance. With them, there's not a division between spirituality and their leadership."

Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss walked onto the runway last week wearing the floor-length feathered headdress, leopard-print underwear and high heels. She also was adorned with fringes and turquoise jewelry during a segment meant to represent the 12 months of the year -- fireworks in July, rain gear for April and a headdress for November. More at: Victoria's Secret apologizes after use of Native American headdress in fashion show draws outrage - NYPOST.com

Bottom line …

Why is it that some minorities prosper – even when facing startling and overwhelming disadvantages – and some become wards of the state, content to remain in their own little world, speaking their own language, eating their own food, when a much larger universe of opportunity awaits? Is it a matter of education? Because I see on-line educational sources that can teach almost any subject needed for success. Is it a matter of location? Because I see nothing legally keeping any American from traveling to an area featuring better climate, more abundant resources, better social safety nets. Is it the fact that you maintain a tribal existence to avoid diluting your culture? If this is the reason, someone needs a history lesson on human nature and assimilation.

Before you complain about a commercial enterprise intruding on your culture – especially for profit you do not share – I suggest you reconsider your current situation and your future. Obviously, there is something wrong – and I believe it is a dependency on the government.

When I was much younger, I had both a cowboy outfit, complete with real six shooters, and an Indian outfit, complete with moccasins and a real bow-and-arrow. And a single feather headdress. I had autographed pictures of myself with Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger) and Jay Silverheels (Tonto). I respected both cultures and harbored no prejudice – except the prejudice about whining over inconsequential matters when there is so much opportunity in America. I remember my dad and his Connecticut friends, Harry Scarpo and Tony White Cloud, sitting at our kitchen table discussing a hunting trip. I saw no differences between them. They were all hunters and their only concern was the abundance of game that year. 

So enough of this culture exploitation crap. Especially when I can Google “Indian Headdresses for Sale” and find any number of offerings.

-- steve


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