Yesterday, however, one of Canada’s foremost aboriginal designers called Tajik’s national costume “offensive.” Dorothy Grant told the Georgia Straight that sexualizing the war bonnet is tantamount to sexualizing another cultures’ spiritual symbol.
“A war bonnet to Cree people or the Prairie Indian people, it’s a sacred thing,” she said. “It’s used in ceremonies, in peace treaties, used in official addresses. It’s not used as a costume to walk on a stage with a deer-skin bikini.”
For more on the subject, see The Big Chief and Indian Women as Sex Objects.