May 11, 2014
Key defends cultural appropriation
Prime Minister John Key denies that a photograph of his daughter Stephanie wearing a pink Native American feather headpiece was culturally insensitive.
The photo is part of a portfolio posted online by the 21-year-old as part of her studies at the Paris College of Art, a private American university with campuses in the French capital.
The controversy comes just days after Gisborne’s Rhythm and Vines Festival apologised for a poster depicting two young women in the traditional feather headdresses.
Native American groups have been protesting against the appropriation by young whites of the traditional feather bonnet, which was an important signifier of mana among some Great Plains tribes.
They say culture is not a costume.
Mr Key says he is proud of his daughter.
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