Going Native in Ireland Part I
I thought I had seen it all when my eyes fell upon the most mind-boggling souvenir imaginable!
So who exactly would ever buy the headdress and why? My money goes on those young hipster types such as the Glastonbury “Indians.” The types who sport nostalgic clothing in an effort to look hip/ironic but instead look like they're stuck in some multi-dimensional multi-cultural time warp.
Just check out the grinning fools on the packaging!
Comment: The online version is sold under "Novelty Costumes" and called an Indian Chief Hat. Because the Irish believe Indians are colorful entertainment figures, like clowns. Because they believe Indians are too savage to practice religion, so their sacred regalia is a "hat."
Defenders of the "Indians" showband will say this is more "harmless fun." If so, I say it's racist "harmless fun." I don't see them dressing up as stereotypical blacks in blackface and Afro wigs. Or as stereotypical Latinos, Asians, or Muslims. They're discriminating by race--hence, racist.
This isn't something unique to Ireland, of course. People in the US wear the same stupid headdresses for the same ignorant reasons. Whether they realize it or not, whether they intend it or not, both groups of people are racists.
For more on the subject, see "Irish" Showband Emulates "Indians" Showband and Showband Critics = "PC Cockroaches"?