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Saginaw Grant and Rick Mora Discuss Headdresses, 'Ridiculous 6' in NZ


Actors Saginaw Grant and Rick Mora are currently in Wellington, New Zealand, to host workshops at the Armageddon Expo (July 17-19), and upon their arrival spoke with the press on a number of issues. Mora addressed misuse of feather headdresses, sometimes called "warbonnets."

"We are a beautiful people but our artifacts are [sacred] when we wear the horns of the deer it's to honour the spirit of that deer and to know that deer provided for us and gave sustenance for another season," Mora said, according to a report at "When someone else adopts that kind of wear cosmetically ... it's almost insulting. So when you open that box, like women wearing headdresses? Not okay. Never okay."

Additionally, Saginaw Grant addressed the controversy over the Adam Sandler film The Ridiculous Six. "Adam's a good man," Grant said. "There's been a lot of criticism about what he's done. And I was on the set -- I had to be there, I took the job, I belong to the union, so I stayed there and I didn't regret it. There were only three of them that I know of that actually walked off. And they don't even practise the traditions, that I know of."

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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
Thank you Saginaw Grant! Cooler heads and wise words truely are refreshing to hear. I always believed there were just a few instigators that jumped at this opportunity. The rest were supporters who were couldn't say 'no'. Everybody else jumped on the bandwagon! And to think there are a great many of these bandwagoneers critical of Andrea Smith too! Do they even "practice the traditions" that we know of?

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Submitted by alexjacobs on
I'm sure those words were made in a specific context, that a non-native woman should never wear a feather head-dress for cosmetic reasons, or anyone really who isn't deserving of it...but let me be the first then to say, you can NOT tell Indian women what to do...first it is was the drum then Crying Women Singers came along and now women have drum groups, then it was box-lacrosse and now Iroquois women play box-lacrosse...and now native women who graduated from high school or college wore feather head-dresses that were family heirlooms or proudly given by make relatives for the occasion...women have become political leaders locally and nationally, they deserve to wear any symbol of authority or respect that their community permits, as much as every male sub-chief who breaks out the feathers when a white politician comes to visit...just saying...