Stand Up for #CultureNOTCostume this Halloween

Social Media images from Twitter and Facebook captured by Indian Country Today Journalist Vincent Schilling

(Above: Social Media images from Twitter and Facebook captured by Indian Country Today Journalist Vincent Schilling)

Halloween is TODAY and there is still time to make changes to your costume!

This recent Indian Country Today Article by Vincent Schilling brings to light images that have already started popping up on social media, of people dressing up as “Standing Rock Water Protectors” for Halloween.

DON’T Dress up as a Water Protector to mock or make fun of a very serious situation in North Dakota. Culture is NOT a Costume, and appropriating aspects of Native American Culture is NOT ok.

In a nutshell, cultural appropriation is the use of icons, rituals, aesthetic standards, regalia, or behavior from one culture by another. The person appropriating often has no knowledge of the significance of the icons or regalia or any understanding of the significance or history behind the cultural traditions.

Check out our #CultureNOTCostume campaign page to learn more about cultural appropriation and how you can make sure that your costume is respectful of other cultures.

#CultureNOTCostume #NODAPL #Halloween

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