TLC's Extreme Poodles includes some Extreme Stereotyping
If you can't tell from the image, that's a poodle, shaved to look like a buffalo, with an Indian head carved on his side, complete with a headdress. The family are dressed as "Indians" with wigs, turkey feathers, and fake buckskin.
[S]he has conscripted her father and nephew into wearing Cherokee headdresses and bird costumes to stand and prance around the dog, while Angela herself beats a drum.
There are many cringe-inducing and anger-inducing parts of this, but the one that is bothering me more than anything is that she says she's "honoring her Cherokee heritage" through this display.
We can debate the finer points of tradition and whether or not Cherokees hunted buffalo (there were definitely some bison/buffalo running through the Eastern Woodlands way back in the day, but Cherokee aren't considered a buffalo culture like the Lakota/Dakota), but my point is that the stereotypes this woman drew on were Plains Indian stereotypes--the Hollywood Indian. Not anything close to Cherokee culture.
The write-ups I'm reading seem to be giving her a free pass because of her claims of "honoring," but me, not so much.
Didn't all Indians live in one big Lakota/Cheyenne/Apache/Cherokee/Blackhawks tribe that roamed the Plains from Canada to Texas? That's what most Americans seem to think. Alas, most Americans are ignorant about Indians.
This reminds me of the Oklahoma shop selling t-shirts with Indian skulls in Plains headdresses. I think the owner used the whole "I'm Cherokee/honoring my ancestors" bit. Thereby proving our point: that stereotypical thinking begets more stereotypical thinking.
For more on the subject, see "Authentic" Chiefs from "Blackhawks" Tribe and The "Honor" of a Plains Chief.