Hi, just your local Mayan here reminding you the world isn’t ending tomorrow.
Also, that Mayans still exist.
And finally, that we have a language that is still spoken, and written, and that our science and other studies have developed with time and we’re not some stone age group of savages carving shit into rocks for all eternity just so some iztacchuatl will find it and tell us white jesus is gonna end the world when our calender stops working for her.
When is it appropriate to tag things #Native American:
Are you posting in an NDN language(ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ, etc)?
(I’d have examples here but I cant find any posts near the top of tags I follow and google’s being made of fail about searching. Anyhow…)
THE MOST APPROPRIATE. CARRY ON.
Are you, the poster, NDN - and posting something pertaining to your life or your family?
SUPER APPROPRIATE! In fact, you probably don’t have to read further since anything you post becomes relevant to #Native American by default!
For everyone else:
Are you posting photos, videos, or legitimate quotes of/by NDN people (even if they are not you)?
Are you posting photos of art or works of fiction created by NDN people?
Are you posting about events in the tumblr/larger online NDN tags/community?
The post you are reading right now
Are you posting about events/facts concerning the NDN community offline?
Are you posting legitimate quotes ABOUT NDN people or communities, even if they are not BY NDN people, because they’re relevant to historical record and ongoing conversation (microagressions and discussions of racism qualify here)?
All of the above is totally legit for #Native American! This list is not exhaustive, but you should get the idea.
Now on the other hand….
Are you posting pictures of dreamcatchers that were probably made in china (also applies to all other ‘native art’ not made by natives) because you bought it?
Are you posting shit clearly made up by white people that’s attributed falsely to NDN people that you found on google and are SO DEEPLY MOVED BY?
Are you posting art clearly made by non-NDNs which depicts Hollywood Indians or Appropriators? I AM LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU, CECILY.
Are you posting shit with pendleton patterns or random geometric patterns on it? How about random items made of leather, fur, or feathers? And this stuff is not specifically identified as being made by NDN people?
Are you posting photos of yourself/your friends wearing busted-ass stereotype clothing/dressed as 50’s style Hollywood Indians? Or reblogging others’ photos of the same? HINT: IF SOMEONE IS WEARING A WAR BONNET OR OTHER HEADDRESS AND IT ISN’T AT A FORMAL, REVERENT OCCASION (POWWOW COUNT), IT IS PROBABLY THIS.
NOT REMOTELY APPROPRIATE. CUT THIS SHIT OUT. THIS IS BAD AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD.
*Can be totally appropriate if you’re posting for the sake of discussing the problematic portrayal of Native Americans in the piece. Yes, this includes snarking the fuck out of it.
This list is also not exhaustive, but you should get the idea.
#NATIVE AMERICAN IS FOR THINGS PERTAINING TO ACTUAL NATIVE AMERICANS.