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Why Culturally Appropriative/Non-Native Craft Is Not Allowed
(and why it will probably be risking your account to even do it)

What's that? Some blogger recently released a free pattern to make Hopi style moccasins? Or you have some super-"cute" fringe "Indian" mini dress you purchased off etsy? Were you looking through a copy of Sew the International Wardrobe for 18-Inch Dolls by Joan Hinds and there was a pattern for the most perfect jingle dress? Or you read Josefina's book and decided to make Mariana's outfit? And you want to show this off to us?

Yeah. Nah. Nope. Don't.

In fact, you should probably read this entire post and then listen to Native Voices in our Fandom explaining why this is a shit thing to do.

First of all, the The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 states:

It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States. For a first time violation of the Act, an individual can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. If a business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.
It is illegal to market an art or craft item using the name of a tribe if a member, or certified Indian artisan, of that tribe did not actually create the art or craft item.

What does that mean? It means that even labeling a doll clothes pattern as, say, a "Cherokee dress" or "Navajo earrings" is a violation. Yes, a bunch of people do that on Etsy. They're doing wrong. Don't do wrong with them.

On this board and in this fandom, a violation of Native Craft includes but is not limited to:

* Doll-sized Native-simulating footwear not made by a Native person.
* Doll-sized Native pow-wow style wear not made by a Native person.
* Doll-sized Native-simulating tribal clothing not made by a Native person.
* Crafts, outfits, patterns, and/or designs that are often called "woo," "Pretendian," or "Generokee." We're talking your knitfug dresses, your tragic suede fringed minidresses, your rainbow chicken "war" bonnets, the "costume" patterns in the back of Simplicity pattern books, and/or that Tiger Lily costume you spent four months making for your all-doll production of Peter Pan.

Unless you are Native displaying your own tribal work and/or can prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that a Native person designed and made the outfit or accessories, you are not allowed to post it here. We don't want to hear about your appropriation.

The main exception are things made by American Girl for Kaya's collection. (We know AG is not a Native-run company, but since the items are made for her collection, we will allow it since she is a character of the line.) We will also consider, appropriately done, Singing Bird dolls/other Native characters as long as she and they are given her full respect.

But? Don't make Mariana's anything. No dolls. No costumes. No shoes. Nothing. Zip-pah. It has been articulated at least twice in this fandom (that Mod Neth has seen, and Mod Neth done seen some shit) that the Hopi and Pueblo people do not appreciate any attempts at all to reproduce their personal cultural clothing. Not even to make Mariana. Don't do it. Go make Clara if your Josefina needs a bestie.

* If you make a fake native outfit or anything for your dolls or you, we are probably going to request that you to take it down and explain to you how Culture is not a Costume. Also, it won't be a request. You will take the post down. Or we will take it down for you.

* Do not link to patterns of Native-implied costumes done by non-Native people once you have been informed they are offensive.

* If you post Kaya's cultural clothes of any form on anyone other than Kaya, prepare to get a long lecture about Why You Best Not Do That Shit.

Furthermore, the rule on displaying culturally insensitive crafts and patterns will not just apply to Native-"themed" craft. It applies to all Cultures of Color. The next re-statement's so important that it's getting a whole line, increase, and center to itself.

Culture Is Not A Costume.
See that? We hella mean it. If you post Roma insulting/mimicking costume, African Diaspora insulting items (just let Mod Neth see a doll with a doobie and a dreadlocked wig; you will regret your whole life from your conception until that very moment), a sorry-ass sari, a coconut bra and tissue paper skirt, or some Jade Pearl Chicken Hat mismash of Asian cultures, we will come down on you with the fury of the Valkyries. (Mods will consider Disney Princess costumes on a case-by-case basis. Even so, you should still probably avoid anything Pocahontas- or Esmeralda-related. They're kinda icky.)

"What about white culture?"
Well when white Western culture has had to fight for hundred of years to avoid being stomped out and there is a history of making it illegal to practice, dress, or even have "white" culture things in public, and white people are systematically decimated under world-wide Native destruction, then we'll think about how mean it is to have Addy in a pair of Uggs and tight yoga pants holding a pumpkin spice latte. Til then, life ain't fair and racism doesn't go both ways.

If we find that any member has made culturally insensitive outfits--and it is found anywhere--then we will seriously reconsider your continued membership on this board.

We respect our Native and Roma members more than your "need" to make doll shoes or a "fortune teller" costume.

Test us not.
Edited by Nethilia, Nov 16 2017, 02:28 AM.
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