pinstripehourglass asked: Perhaps relevant to your recent posts - other white pop performers who have appropriated Indian headdress in such a manner are, famously, the Village People (though the singer who played "The Indian" was apparently part native himself, so that might amend things) but also The Sweet, a British glam rock band from the early 70s. Look up "Wig Wam Bam" on Youtube. On the other hand they are pretty clearly using it for camp/satirical purposes, I dunno. What do you think?
Yeah, it’s a widespread phenomenon, and there are a lot of examples. I don’t think a lot of non-Indigenous people even realise that wearing traditional Indian ‘costumes’ is offensive. In one sense that makes it less problematic (white people don’t intend to offend when they do this, they just think headdresses look pretty), but in another sense it’s more problematic (the fact non-Indigenous people feel fine doing this demonstrates just how little influence Native Americans have in the public consciousness, and how little ‘we’ think of ‘them’).
Check out the great 2009 doco, Reel Injuns, on how white people in film have appropriated Native American culture and identity for their own purposes.