(Closed) Debate about Indian Costume in Household

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
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Sugar bee

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nantes14:  I personally think imitating anyone’s culture for Halloween is offensive. But that’s just me. I would not do it, nor would I allow my child to do it. But I wouldn’t judge someone who did do it either. To each their own. 

Edited: typo 

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 3 months ago by BMoreBecc.
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Sugar bee

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nantes14:  I’ll be honest and say that 5-10 years ago I probably didn’t think anything of it, but I have been enlightened as I get older. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I think it’s fine as long as it’s not done in a derogatory way. I know several girls who have worn a Pocahontas costume in the past. It’s a Disney character, just like Cinderella – so why is it deemed offensive to wear a Pocahontas costume, but not a Cinderella costume? Just because she’s native American? I don’ know…

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Busy bee

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BMoreBecc:  I agree. 

There are millions of costumes out there that don’t distill down to “lol I’m a different race”. The kid will never be this tiny and adorable again. Dress them up as a strawberry or a scarecrow or seriously anything that doesn’t make a punchline out of people’s culture. 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think there are a million other Halloween costumes to choose from. Especially because we know that it’s not your 17 month old who has their heart set on it. 

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Buzzing bee

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lizziebee387:  I agree with this. Is it going to become insensitive for people of different races to wear Cinderella costumes? I hope not. 

OP, as far as dressing your 17 month old as an indian. I personally would not be offended by this, I would think its cute, as just about any costume on a 17 month old is cute and not done in a way to hurt people’s feelings. If you think its wrong, don’t do it. There are plenty of other costumes out there to pick from. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Personally, I don’t think it’s insensetive at all. This year it seems to have come up as heavily innapropriate but really, dressing up as anything can technically be considered offensive to people. I think that if you are dressing up with the intentions to be offensive about a culture then it is inapproriate, but otherwise no.  That’s just my 2 cents!

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Helper bee

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lizziebee387:  Well, Pocahontas was a real person. While I personally don’t have a problem with people dressing up as Pocahontas-the-Disney-character. I think it’s way more questionable when folks select the “random stereotyped Indian costume” (fringe, feather headband, random beads) that I see in every party store.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Yes it is inappropriate at best. Don’t do it.

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

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apophyllite:  Good point. So many costumes can be seen as insensitive if you are looking from that perspective. Just take it for what it is, kids dressing up one day a year to have a good time. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t see it as offensive at all. People find a way to be offended at just about everything these days. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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nantes14:  IMO calling Native Americans “Indian” is offensive.  Indian people are from….India.  

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