By Lauren Paxman
The 51-year-old hairdresser from Blackfield, Hampshire, wed fellow enthusiast Fred Sharman, 69, wearing a bright blue traditional tribal outfit.
Chrissie and Fred--whose Native American names are Little Bear and Walks Slow--also wore boots, feathers and beaded jewellery for the wedding.
The couple bypassed the wedding march and instead opted for the traditional sounds of tribal flutes. They even spent their wedding night in a tepee.
'This is what we do. It's not really dressing up for us because this is who we are.'
'You are only scratching the surface of what these people knew, they were so clever, they were called savages, but their life was very involved and very spiritual.'
Naturally, they don't name a particular culture, if they even know one. To them, it's all part of a generic "Native American culture."
At least they're not wearing headdresses or lots of feathers. But with all the beadwork and jewelry, their costumes look more like, well, costumes than anything traditional.
And of course they've given themselves phony Indian names, although Sharman managed to avoid calling himself Grey Eagle or Owl. Yay.
As the commenter noted, Sharman's final comment is the key one. "They were so clever" and so forth. No acknowledgment whatsoever that Indians still exist, living in modern society, sans the stereotypes he's perpetuating.
That's how he views Indians: as relics of the past. And that's the message he's sending to his community and the world: "Indians are gone so we can appropriate their identities."
It's as stupid as if I dressed up as a knight in armor and said I represented British culture. Indeed, most Indians are as far removed from tipis as Sharman is from castles.
For more on Indian wannabes, see Tribalism Is Trendy and British Couple Lives Like Indians.