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Misusing Native Symbols

Misusing Native Symbols

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Friday, July 29, 2005 - Misusing Native Symbols:

Dream Catchers, Kokopelli, Totem Poles…you name it and you’ll probably see these items or symbols on sale in any number of stores or swap meets. Quite often the purpose of the item or symbol is lost on the buyer or they get limited information about the true traditional nature of the item. What does the Dream Catcher really stand for and how was it used in the past? Why won’t some Native people consider hanging a picture of Kokopelli in their home? The use and misuse of Native symbols may offend some Natives but it remains big business for many shop keepers. How does it impact you? Guests include Jodell Meyer (Mille Lacs Ojibwe) Assistant Site Manager/Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post.

Cross-posted to abouthawaii, hawaiians, hawaiilokahi and to missalohahawaii
Tags: native symbols

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