Pretendians

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It is not just “a feather in her hair”

By ali | July 13, 2020

Not too long ago, Rick Riordan, author of the popular Percy Jackson series, posted a blog about a character, Piper McClean, who is “part Cherokee”. The reason he wrote the blog was in response to backlash over the representation of the Cherokee character and the feathers that she wore in her hair. By the end … Read more

Depp Sauvage: the scent of appropriation

By ali | September 6, 2019

On August 30th, Dior tweeted about the newest version of a long standing scent titled, “Sauvage”. In the ten second clip, a Native fancy dancer danced in slow motion while Johnny Depp played guitar. The backlash was immediate and spread quickly through Native Twitter and beyond. There are some very big issues involved with this … Read more

All your eagles are belong to us

By ali | July 17, 2019

Many Natives in the U.S. were not aware that a petition has been put forth that pushes for loosening and changing regulations over who can request and possess feathers and bird parts from protected species, such as eagles. The original Facebook post indicated that the original deadline was July 1st to submit comments. It was … Read more

Photographers are to blame

By ali | June 25, 2019

Appropriating Indigenous cultures has been going on for a very long time. Anytime something appropriating Indigenous cultures or racist comes up, it doesn’t matter what Natives might say in protest, most often the person doing the wrong thing claims it’s to “honor” us. Much the same way people think that Native mascots honor us. It … Read more

Pretendian @kodeerants on Twitter

By ali | May 17, 2019

There’s a few stereotypes about non-Natives that many of us roll our eyes at to this day. Claiming to be Native based on family lore, ‘I have Native in me’, ‘I’m part Native/tribe’ – ‘I’m a descendant of Pocahontas’. In the real world, when I’m among the general public, it’s often that, one hundred percent … Read more

Mikkkaela Br’erPaws: a failed pretendian who’s never been to the Rez (probably)

By ali | March 20, 2019

Image from Twitter account @MikaelaPaw On March 16th, a tweet from the account Turning Point USA made a bold claim that ‘if you want to see an example of failed socialism, visit an Indian reservation’. It included a video tagging the account @/MikaelaPaw. It also included a truncated video of Russel Means, a well known … Read more

Bubba Otep and a joke apology

By ali | March 16, 2019

This joke of an apology appeared in Otep’s Twitter. A few days ago, a bit of a melee broke out on my feed. Lots of heated rhetoric on both sides & things got ugly. I sincerely apologize for my part in it. There’s bigger fights to fight & I’m sorry. — 👑 OTEP SHAMAYA 👑 … Read more

Bubba Otep of the Pretendian and Fake Ally peoples

By ali | March 14, 2019

[Image from Victory Records Press site for Otep. Note: Otep threatened me with her publicist. Never heard from them. Update: Otep says she’s not with Victory Records anymore (my apologies to Victory Records) so here’s her page on Napalm Records. Enjoy the new age description.] After a couple of days of Otep being an asshole … Read more

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 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