Fact: headdresses were considered to be the extension of the soul for the Native American Indians.
Fact: The above ‘fact’ is full of shit. WAR BONNETS ARE NOT A FASHION STATEMENT. War Bonnets are not to be worn because you want to get in touch with your new agey side.
Here’s a quick checklist for whether it’s ok to wear a war bonnet:
Was it placed onto your head by an elder/legitimate authority figure from a select number of plains nations because you personally achieved something so great that it is worthy of that kind of honor? (corrolary: If yes to the above, are you currently wearing it in an appropriate ceremonial fashion/setting? Like are you at a powwow or speaking with the president?)
If you answered ‘no’ then IT IS NOT OK.
It is not an extension of your soul.
Please don’t take pictures like this. Please don’t reblog pictures like this. DEPICTIONS LIKE THIS ARE HURTFUL.
Reblogging because this is succinct and 100% yes yes yes. So if you’ve never heard this before: here you go. Learn.