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Tradition

Design by Patrick Seymour

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superpchan on Apr 24, 2014 at 17:52:05

What is it with hipsters and Native American headdresses? Geez, I can see why this one was on clearance. :$

explorock on Oct 7, 2013 at 23:14:43

I only clicked on this shirt's full page to see the comments. I was curious if there were reactions similar to mine. Thanks, tulipsina & ainothefinn; I totally agree. I have to admit, it was a pleasant relief to see that others voiced insightful comments. Indeed, there is a "Tradition" being sold here: the tradition of appropriating Indian-ness; the consumption of the generic Indian. (The classic generic Indian - a male adorned with generic Plains warrior attire...generic feathers; imposed & imagined cultural meaning).

Oh, there is definitely a long, lucrative historical tradition going on here.

Yes, art is subjective.
And I found both the content and context of this design gross, ignorant, and foolish.

Do I think I'm making a comment anyone will take seriously? Nah. History and a google search tell me otherwise. There are plenty of generic American Indian-themed (aka "inspired") things for sale. Fashion shows, jewelry, home decor items, sports team paraphernalia, and vintage salt and pepper shakers; the collective memory of a dead Indian chief is marketable. That's the real tradition.

emmathesailor on Sep 30, 2013 at 20:50:08

How is it racist? I grew up in Oklahoma and at Native American events, I went to with my friends who are NA, we would dress up just like this. It's part of the culture and it's not a unrealistic representation of the dress.

tulipsina on Sep 19, 2013 at 12:04:58

So, exactly which Indigenous North American culture's "Tradition" is being represented here? None that I recognise. Or did you just make something up that suited your needs while simplifying and using a complex and still oppressed population in the process.
Indigenous people and cultures (yes, plural and very diverse) aren't relics of an imagined past to be stupidly and stereotypically used as symbolism by blissfully misinformed non-Indigenous people who claim to be respectful while remaining purposely ignorant and inactive about the realities facing many Indigenous people today, but choose instead to perpetuate a dehumanising fantasy. Passive racism like this is still racism and it still hurts.

moosabman on Sep 13, 2013 at 15:15:31

Sweet. looks super shiny on the tee. Is it printed with foil?

Ainothefinn on Sep 13, 2013 at 08:59:11

Um, this is a racist caricature and I really hope you remove it from print...

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  • Hand stretched canvas wraps around the 1.5 inch wood frame.
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  • Case covers sides and back of phone.
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  • Case covers front edges, sides, and back of phone.
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