By Chris Kornelis
Among the responses I got when I asked those dressed up what the deal was:
"It's what we're about."
"Chief Seattle, baby! Chief Seattle!"
Adrienne Keene of Native Appropriations comments:
I don't know if it's a step backward as much as bringing to light something that never went away. These incidences have been happening for years-decades-centuries, but it wasn't considered to be the ultimate in trendy or counter culture until more recently. To me, the responses when directly questioned show the absolute ignorance of the issues with wearing a headdress.
Again, you don't have to go more than skin-deep to find that the people "honoring" Indians are completely ignorant of them. Again, these people are "honoring" their fictional, romantic images of Indians, not real Indians. The correct label for that is stereotyping.
For more examples of hipster headdresses, see Yale Grads Wear "Silly" Headdresses, Kesha Goes Tribal at Bamboozle, and White Girls Play Indian at Powwow. For more on why the practice is wrong, see Idiot's Guide for Dudesons Defenders, What's So Wrong About Kesha?, and Why Hipster Headdresses Aren't Okay.