ATTEND // MORE THAN JUST A TREND: Native American Appropriation in the 21st Century, Portland

Will you be in Portland on March 27th? If so, do not miss this exciting panel discussion at Reed College.

Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) of Native Appropriations and Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) of Beyond Buckskin  will join Louie Gong (Nooksack) and Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, & Yakama) for a panel on the misrepresentation of Native American culture in fashion, sport and music.

Here’s the summary:

“In our increasingly global world, raiding the closets of Indigenous peoples has become a trend. Too many companies are guilty of misusing Native American sacred iconography (Victoria’s Secret’s Karlie Kloss in a headdress), or misusing copyrighted Native American names (Urban Outfitters’ Navajo items), or aligning their themes with negative stereotypes (Ecko’s alcohol and headdressed themed Weekend Warriors collection). This panel presents Native American perspectives and deconstructs the issues surrounding the misrepresentation of “the Native” in fashion, sports, and music and provides examples of ethical solutions to help avoid damaging controversies that perpetuate racism in popular culture.” (Reed College, Multicultural Affairs)

Click here for speaker bios and event details.

Mary has a PhD in Sociology from University of Edinburgh, researching responsible fashion and transnational labour rights activism in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

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