3.26.2010

Native Appropriations

My drawing (above) has made its rounds around the interwebs for various bizarre reasons. But really, who doesn't love making fun of hipsters? It's also been featured on the very cool blog, Native Appropriations, in a post hilariously titled The Strange Case of the Hipster Headdress. Adrienne makes a great point of showing hipsters who wear the fashions almost accidentally, on purpose but with no reason, and then also with feminist purposes. My big problem with the whole thing is that dressing like a "native" is as much as a novelty as wearing those Kanye "sun"glasses. Go irony?

27 comments:

  1. Bwahahaha this is great. Also the handling of the dental hygiene really compliments the hipsters personality. I don't know why, it just does.

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  2. I can't think of a more articulate way to say it, but you are fucking awesome. I second what Craig said; for some reason the teeth just really make the caricatures. I have to see ugly racist hipster bitches like so every day (why yes, I do go to a liberal arts college!), and this is just a spitting image. I have a bunch of friends here who would love to have this image on a T-shirt. You rock! <3 <3 <3

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  3. Could you do a version that says "killed them" instead of "killed them all"? There are many still here!

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  4. I know, I'm Iroquis! I'm not going to change it because it's supposed to be dramatic in a way that girls like that talk. i.e. "I, like, wore a million feathers on my head and drank a bajillion PBR's!"

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  5. i'd love to see this in poster size/ hi res if possible- this is a great gift idea for the academically inclined.


    TheVancouverManifesto
    http://thevancouvermanifesto.blogspot.com/

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  6. I think I need to make this into a sticker.

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  7. Or a tshirt... Because I would buy it. And wear it to hipster parties.

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  8. I love this graphic! Do you have more like it?? I just used it today (and gave you credit) in a blog post about Halloween costumes: www.NativeJournalist.com. Keep up the great work!

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  9. I truly hope you donate all the money you make from this image to some awesome native organizations.

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  10. That sounds like an awesome idea but I haven't made a dime off this!

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  11. Here from Jezebel's April article. I get the joke. Another thought: The cartoon is I think what I find most offensive over the article itself, that is, if I can find the energy to be offended. Are we still on about what someone's ancestors did to my ancestors? Seriously. Live in Kindness, in the Present. Walk in Beauty. Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin. The End.

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  12. Great pic.. haha. Fuck hipsters

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  13. pixie campbell, your attitude of "just forget the past" is exactly what this picture is addressing. youre talking about ignoring an issue addressing people that are still alive and well today. So take some of your own advice and live in kindness, but how about respecting the past instead of living in the present, or should i say living in ignorance..

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  14. ha! :D this is so awesome thank you for making this!

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  15. http://twitter.com/#!/HipsterLiving
    ^^LOL

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  16. yeah, they killed mine too. so i'll wear what ever i please.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killough_massacre

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  17. I agree with you on the appropriation front, but this cartoon has its share of problems as well. Why are both people in the picture young, blonde women? Why is one of their boobs falling out? Is this a call-out of appropriation, or a cartoon about how skinny white blonde girls are vapid and useless? Are ugly people or men incapable of appropriating your culture? Outkast's "Hey Ya" video is outlandishly appropriative, and they are both black men.

    I think your comment about this being the way that "girls like that" talk is a bit more revealing than you want it to be.

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    1. Because this picture, and your detailing of it, describe the hipster woman. I wish the Mayflower people had killed the Hipsters, instead of the natives.

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  18. Forgot to mention: both girls' sternums are clearly visible. Are eating disorders funny?

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  19. It's a satirical cartoon and meant to be just so. At least you're thinking about it. But honestly, I didn't aim to criticize every type of person who has ever appropriated Native American culture. The eating disorder comment is a very faaaaar far stretch from what's depicted and somewhat out of line, however. But hey, whatever helps you sleep at night, right?

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  20. Also, own up to your opinion and at least post a first name.

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  21. not impressed, i think it would be very hard to meet all your needs in this cartoon, she would have to illustrate the whole rest of the party these girls are attending to add some overweight people, maybe a few minorities, senior citizens, a speech therapist and a shopgirl at an intimates store to help put the girl's boob away so you are no longer offended....catch my drift...i think you are overthinking a simple ironic message with a really great illustration.

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  22. Love this! Great artwork and message. thanks so much :)

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  23. Pixie Camapbell, as "Medicine Keeper," aka, the lady who's spending big time + energy using her Native Roots to fool white ladies into thinking they have permission for cultural appropriation because they have a Native Guru or Native Friend, I'm not surprised on your take up there. You consciously use Nativeness to make yourself famous, while pretending that Natives are not currently being undermined in all facets of their daily lives, ongoingly, literally being killed in the form of Native lands being drained of water by resource-hoarding companies, treaties not being kept, resources withheld from our children and elders, current statistical genocide, ongoing diplomatic racism, many currently held in jail without evidence. The resulting child abuse, substance abuse, poverty and resignation is not a thing of the past, it's a current and future phenomena that requires recognition to change. But that would undermine your Wisdom platform, "Medicine Keeper," which, along with your breasts, marriage and now-shaved dreadlocks, are also fake. Anyone who takes the time to research you will see that you are teaching work directly lifted from your teachers, and taking public credit while stealing the heritage of those learnings from your students by not acknowledging the source. Nice. Keeper indeed.

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  24. Pixie Campbell, as "Medicine Keeper," aka, the lady who's spending big time + energy using her Native Roots to fool white ladies into thinking they have permission for cultural appropriation because they have a Native Guru or Native Friend, I'm not surprised on your take up there. You consciously use Nativeness to make yourself famous, while pretending that Natives are not currently being undermined in all facets of their daily lives, ongoingly, literally being killed in the form of Native lands being drained of water by resource-hoarding companies, treaties not being kept, resources withheld from our children and elders, current statistical genocide, ongoing diplomatic racism, many currently held in jail without evidence. The resulting child abuse, substance abuse, poverty and resignation is not a thing of the past, it's a current and future phenomena that requires recognition to change. But that would undermine your Wisdom platform, "Medicine Keeper," which, along with your breasts, marriage and now-shaved dreadlocks, are also fake. Anyone who takes the time to research you will see that you are teaching work directly lifted from your teachers, and taking public credit while stealing the heritage of those learnings from your students by not acknowledging the source. Nice. Keeper indeed.

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