Christina Fallin, in Her Own Words: 'I'm Tired of the Misinformation'
Do you feel the Native American people ever have the right to feel offended when they see something they hold sacred being "desecrated," according to their cultural point of view?
Everyone has the right to be offended about everything if they want to be. Every individual cannot live by, or within, each person's rules, opinions, or standards. We all have different experiences and walks of life that guide us to our feelings and ideologies about things in life. I personally choose to not be offended by things because it's draining to me to be in an offended state of mind.
I'll also add just to be clear that it was never my intention to offend anyone.
But, even if you don't agree with their point of view, can you at least understand it?
I respect other's points of view that are not my own, yes.
That brings us to this weekend's show. Eyewitnesses stated that you wore a faux-Native American shawl or cape -- the words used interchangeably -- with the word "sheep" on it, and that your drummer did a pow-wow beat and you did an "Indian dance" of some kind. You say none of it was an attempt to offend Native Americans, but they took the term "sheep" as an insult directed at them, and you mother appears to have apologized on your behalf in the Tulsa World this morning. In your own words, what happened?
The cape was in no way designed or intended to look like a Native American shawl. I am sending you a clear picture of the cape from when I first got it. I didn't have it belted on stage. It was made out of heavy, quilted drapery fabric, and had yarn on the shoulders. It is an eggshell color on the fabric with mauve pink and off white yarn. If I thought it could be connected to Native culture, I would not have worn it because we were not trying to offend or incite Native Americans. The drawings and word "sheep" on my cape was against people who accept lies without proof. It was designed a while ago.
I also wasn't "war dancing," I was just dancing how I dance. Anyone who has been to our concerts before and seen us perform would know that. We were doing a normal show. The drummer played drums for our original songs as we performed them and did not do anything beyond our songs or that resembled a Native American beat. With all of the cameras rolling there, wouldn't you personally think that someone would have posted that and it would have gone viral if that had happened? The dancing and drum beat is patently false information. I also explained the things you are asking about regarding any dancing or cape and the term sheep in our press release. In my words, here's what happened: I believe people got carried away with what they perceived us or our message to be, and journalists reported it as fact. Then more people believed it and it's spiraled out of control. And it points out my actual message, which was in no way aimed at the Native American community, that people can't believe what they hear and should always seek out the truth for themselves.
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