Candlelight vigil honors resistance against colonial forces
By David H.A. LeBoeuf
“It’s always very disappointing to see native cultures lumped into one group that you can dress up,” said Tia M. Ray ’12, vice president of Native Americans at Harvard College and a member of the Navajo tribe, explaining how she felt that the event made a “mockery” out of her tribe.
A member of Sigma Chi said that the event was not intended to offend anyone, and the controversy has prompted discussion within the organization on planning future events.
Equating Navajos with whores doesn't seem wise. Nor does equating men with the conquistadors who raped and killed Indian women.
If people were dressing up as Indians, that's another problem. Especially if they were dressing up in stereotypical feathers and leathers, though Navajos didn't wear such clothes.
All in all, it seems like a stupid idea, even if we don't know the details. If we did know the details, I'm sure it would seem much worse.
For more on the subject, see Stuff White People Do: Indians and "Go Native" at the Visionary Village.
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