Kaya Jones and a Pretendian ambassadorship

By ali | October 12, 2018

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Kaya Jones basically told Natives to ‘get over genocide’. In the same video, she complains about how Natives aren’t helping her in her ambassadorship, that slavery had to happen in this country and that if she were in redface, maybe Natives would accept her and then still asks Natives to contact … Read more

A problem with VAMPS

By ali | August 22, 2018

Originally appeared in tumblr, aliw117, 2016. Artist photo taken from their official Facebook Page. For me, it was a shock and sheer disappointment when I saw the extent of VAMPS’s cultural appropriation and misrepresentation of Native Americans. VAMPS has great music. They’ve collaborated with Apocalyptica and opened with them for the SIXX A.M. tour in … Read more

Missio music and a skull in a headdress

By ali | August 21, 2018

[Image of the single ‘EVERYBODY GETS HIGH’ taken from Big Hassle publicity site.] A promo went through my timeline that linked to this: Dive into the MISSIO realm! Play our game to unlock exclusive content. You won’t come close to beating my score… https://t.co/BFdRTv0Grl pic.twitter.com/JmLT7T1J9M — MISSIO (@MissioMusic) June 2, 2017 The title “EVERYBODY GETS … Read more

A brief introduction on Pretendians

By ali | August 10, 2018

When using the term ‘Pretendian’, a mashup of ‘pretend’ and ‘Indian’, many Indigenous peoples will recognize it while some non-Natives may be left wondering. There are at least two different avenues leading to a Pretendian. We’ll be looking at the two most common. One will be familiar enough immediately. The second, not so much so … Read more

Tattoos, artists and ink

By ali | August 10, 2018

For all the times that I’ve seen offensive tattoos with Native-esque symbols or items, there has always been one thing clear — there are at least two people at fault for the offense. The person getting the disrespectful image, and the tattoo artist who inked it on them. Some time ago, I took the time … Read more

Rachel Lorin officially appropriating part one

By ali | August 4, 2018

If there’s one thing that Indigenous people can count on from a number of non-Natives it’s cultural appropriation. Despite countless examples of how offensive such a practice is, there are still those who disregard that respect and do it anyway. The average person can often fly under the radar anywhere else online, but when it … Read more

#NoAlohaPokeCo

By ali | July 31, 2018

For better than a year apparently, Chicago based business Aloha Poke Co has sent cease and desist letters to any business with ‘Aloha’ and ‘Poke’ in their name, according to tweets and reports. It seemed to have recently been boosted into a wider audience with a Facebook video though the actions by this company appear … Read more

Mic Moto and Maya Stewart

By ali | July 14, 2018

Sometime in February of 2018, Japanese jewelry and accessory designer Mic Moto posted on his Facebook Page a set of pullovers with a skull with a mustache wearing a headdress. One of the slogans on a design reads, “too many chiefs, not enough Indians”. I posted a tweet about it and made a comment in … Read more

Jaxx Layne’s Boutique and Rail Three Ranch

By ali | April 9, 2018

Cultural appropriation by non-Natives is not something new. It’s something that Natives have tried educating about for decades. Sometimes some people or businesses ‘get it’. Many times, that’s not the case. As with Jaxx Layne’s Boutique. Example: Purse was $48!! Now $25!!!! 😎 pic.twitter.com/stt0fZ5GTo — Jaxx Layne’s Boutique (@JaxxLayne) March 28, 2018 I support real … Read more

Hamilton Collectibles and appropriation on cats, dogs and fairies

By ali | February 7, 2018

It started with one tweet: At the vet and just ran into this in a cat magazine. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY? pic.twitter.com/aDxV3XCAol — Robohontas (@robohontas) February 7, 2018 Upon looking through Hamilton Collectible’s website, there are a number of lines that they have that appropriate Indigenous cultures. A dog “Feathers ‘N Fur” Yorkie Wild West Figurine Collection described … Read more