Cultural Appropriation at Burning Man and in the Rave/EDM Scene
A recent Village Voice piece by Mary Grace Cerni called “Why Is Rave Fashion Such a Disaster?" has inspired me to speak up about something I’ve long been uncomfortable with in Burner/rave/EDM subcultures: The casual use of certain groups’ important cultural symbols (particularly those of Native Americans). For those unfamiliar with these fashions, Cerni’s piece gives several examples (i.e., Native American headdresses, Navaho prints, Rastafarian stripes, and Buddist and Hindu necklaces). However, she frames the appropriation of cultural symbols (somewhat trivially) as a fashion faux pas, while I’m interested in connecting them to much bigger social justice issues concerning inequality, privilege, and oppression.
I’ll focus on the appropriation of Native American symbols. Let’s look at a few examples:
Photo Credit: Matt Oliver
Photo Credit: Tristan Savatier
There’s a few dozen more here and here.
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HOLY C-RAAAAPPPP!!! Reblogged on the Marvel.Con tumbler. So awesome!!! I’m the Storm btw :)
Your cosplays are awesome. The variety of portrayals is perfect, you have done some of my favorite characters. You're awesome. Keep kicking ass!
;~~~~; THANK YOU!!! I really appreciate that <3
a lovely ✿ jellyfish in a bottle tutorial by bhoomplay ✿ that is a truly stellar alternative/addition to the ✿ glitter jar ✿ that i’ve seen floating around tumblr. i’m sure you can combine both recipes to make your jellyfish float around a sleepy celestial dream as well ~ these are great for anti-anxiety; simply shake em around if you’re feeling anxious/manic/etc and just observe the sparklyness until the glitter begins to settle, sort of like a timer or something to simply distract you :)
totally doing this