Tribe member says the posters around the shopping centre are as bad as ‘blacking up’. Trafford centre bosses say they regretted any upset caused
By Amy Glendinning
Autumn DePoe-Hughes said posters around the centre showing white models posing in male war head-dress are ‘the same as someone blacking up’.
Trafford Centre bosses said they regretted any upset the posters for their Beauty Showdown event had caused.
Ms DePoe-Hughes a member of the Constitutional Tribe of Siletz, moved to Greater Manchester from Oregon in America last year. She lives in Prestwich with husband Neil Hughes and one-year-old baby Elias.
She made a formal complaint about photographs of a female model wearing a feather headdress–known to Native Americans as a war bonnet–and a ‘war paint wigwam’ where women can have make-up consultations.
They are part of a promotional campaign with make-up demonstrations and sales.
After a brief respite in December, we may be seeing a new onslaught of non-Indians playing dress-up in headdresses and costumes. Will these idiots ever learn?
For more on the subject, see Columnist Defends Mummers Parade and Seminole Fans in Plains Headdresses.