What Cultural Appropriation?
Cultural Appropriation is when a dominate group or groups perpetuates genocide and erasure of a marginalized community (people). through the stealing of cultural intellectual property, without the rights or authority to do so. This is one of the final steps of genocide.
Why Is It A Problem?
For generations, corporations, and mainstream culture have exploited Native cultures, producing "native-inspired" or falsely advertised "Native-made" products to profit from their influence.
Cultural appropriation deprives Native artisans and businesses of vital resources.
Many Native individuals and communities rely on arts and crafts as their main livelihood.
the issues extend beyond cultural appropriation. Native communities are frequently under-resourced, grappling with multiple systemic challenges from food deserts, to housing insecurity, educational barriers, limited employment opportunities, lack of clean water supplies, and environmental violence.
What is the Solution?
Support Patterns from the People.
Support Native Designed.
Support Native Owned.
When you buy Native-Designed goods, you are investing in communities.
You are investing in the Land.
You are investing in future generations.
Can I buy Native-made goods if I am not Native?
Yes! When buying Native-made from Native artisans and business owners, you are directly supporting the community and honoring what they are choosing to share. By doing this you are practicing cultural appreciation contribute to a more respectful and equitable exchange!
What is Cultural Appreciation?
Cultural Appreciation honors the intellectual property rights, seeks consent to sell share, produce, and collaborate. This shifts the power dynamic and allows the community or people to retain the rights of their heritage, culture, and designs.
Cultural appreciation involves a genuine desire to learn, understand, and celebrate different cultures while respecting their integrity and the people who belong to them. It is an ongoing process that requires self-reflection, empathy, and a commitment to cross-cultural understanding.