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I am Native American from the Omaha tribe in Nebraska. My Indian name means ‘shooting star.’ I wish the world knew that we do still exist.

Teen Vogue Highlights Native Teen Model

Vincent Schilling

Teen Vogue has highlighted 7 ethnically-diverse teens in a recent article entitled “7 Girls Show What Beauty Looks Like When It’s Not Appropriated.” Among the models is Daunnette Reyome from the Omaha tribe in Nebraska.

In an article written by Teen Vogue’s Elaine Welteroth, which attempts to address the “countless call-outs egregious offenses, and heated debates swirling on social media” - ignited an important dialogue within the Teen Vogue office causing them to ask the question: "Where does cultural appropriation end and cultural appreciation begin?

Borrowing from other cultures has never been trendier—or more taboo. From afros to cornrows, henna to headdresses, cultural appropriation is a trending topic on the tips of tongues everywhere."

Teen Vogue’s Welteroth also said, “We asked seven real girls—with epic hair!—to weigh in. Here, in their own words, inspiring young women reclaim their beauty looks with an ode to the cultures they came from.

In the article: Native teen model Reyome says:

“I am Native American from the Omaha tribe in Nebraska. My Indian name means ‘shooting star.’ I wish the world knew that we do still exist. And, no, we don’t all live in tepees. When I see people in headdresses or Native American accessories, I feel disrespected. They don’t know the meaning behind it, how we wear it, or what we do to earn it. This is a real eagle feather. It doesn’t just fall off an eagle and someone says, ‘Oh, here — it’s yours.’ You have to earn it in my culture. I feel powerful when I wear it, more confident, and more connected to my ethnicity. I’ve never been embarrassed about being Native American. I take pride in it. I love how spiritual we are — it’s like we’re in tune with the Earth and the universe. I know there’s no other culture out there like mine.”

Read the full article here.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
White Americans are quick to appropriate other's cultures because they've lost their center - they don't KNOW the root of their ethnicity or the traditions involved with that culture. To them I say, make up your own traditions, but leave ours alone!