I know I’ve written a few posts on this already and I’ve pretty much said everything that I wanted to say. However, yesterday I read a post on WordPress of a blog I follow. The blogger posted a picture of her children in their Halloween costumes.
Here is the link: The conundrum of Batgirl « Reel Girl
The post is actually about her one daughter dressing as Batgirl, but everyone was calling her Batman. Her oldest daughter decided to dress up as a Native American and if you scroll down to the end of the blog, you will see a picture of her children in their costumes.
The blogger explained that her daughter wanted to dress up as a Native American because she is studying the Miwok tribe and doing a report for school on them. When I saw the girl dressed up as a Native American, my first thought definitely wasn’t that she was doing this to disrespect Natives. It seems that she has enjoyed learning about the Miwok so much, that she wanted to be one for Halloween. Of course, some Natives call this the “white” way of thinking. (How can you think a color?)
But I see no harm meant by her dressing up as a Native American, I see no ill intent and I just can’t be mad at her. Or even her mother. I can’t help to think though, that perhaps there are people out there that would have verbally attacked this young girl, or her mother, for dressing as a Native American.
All I can say that as a Native American myself, I’m not offended by this girl dressing as a Native American. And who knows, maybe she will begin studying more Native American history. Maybe her studying the Miwok tribe will turn into her doing something good to help Native Americans when she grows up.