The Modern Day Chief

As I was looking for pictures for cultural appropriation. I cam across a picture of a man in a Native American headdress on a site called loupiote. I feel that this is a wonderful example of this concept and shows how society has integrated old customs into newer styles. Headdresses are traditionally worn by the Native Americans tribes chiefs. This picture shows a grizzly looking man staring into the distance. He has his glasses on so you cant see where he is looking. But you can tell by his facial expressions that he is straight faced and comically serious. In older photos chiefs would have a straight face and show no emotion to seem noble and intimidating. You can see also that his feathers are brightly colored something that is very different then normal feathered headdresses. we can relate to this photo by the setting you see him in as he seems to be somewhere with people celebrating something. Also as you look into his sunglasses the reflection seems to show that he is at some type of outdoor concert. In original photos there was no color giving off a very serious tone. In this picture you can see the all the color he is wearing giving a more friendly vibe from this modern day chief. Giving off a more flashy look in appearance but still remaining subtle.  Allowing viewers to chuckle at the piece as we can relate to the items on display while still getting a grasp on where it originated from. This picture takes historical and traditional clothing and turns into a modern, up to date image to show how times and styles have changed. And will continue to change.

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3 comments

  1. I think this image of the man wearing a traditional Native American headdress at an outdoor concert is a good example of bricolage. This man can be seen as a “hipster” concert-goer through his full beard, retro sunglasses, and loose neck tie. The inclusion of the traditional Native American headdress is his adaptation of this historical signifier of prestige and wisdom to create a different meaning. Here the headdress could be used to show the men’s creativity, edgy and innovative style, or his disregard for conforming to cultural norms. While I do agree that cultural appropriation is used in this photo, I think the primary goal of the photograph is to convey the uniqueness of this individual; he uses bricolage to adapt a traditional Native American headdress into a “hipster,” edgy fashion statement.

  2. When I first saw this image it had a sense of carefreeness to it, a sense of rebellion, and then the term bricolage came to mind. In the text it says that bricolage is a way of adapting something and using them in ways that take them away from their original meaning. The textbook specially talks about youth subcultures like punk and how they purposely wanted to be non-mainstream, but I have noticed that people in today’s society seem to be taking Native American cultural objects and putting a new spin on them such as the growing popularity of adapting Native American stylized clothing and making them youth fashion trends. Head dresses like the one presented were originally intended to be wore specifically by the chief of Native American tribes, and today they are used out of context as a fashion statements.

  3. I also thought that it showed some level of carefree feelings because of the overall look of the man. Bricolage definitely fits well into this picture. How I see it, the chiefs were the ones who wore those head pieces and they were obviously in charge of their tribe. I think by this man wearing a chief head piece, he is implying that he is the head or the leader of whatever he is doing. It could also be some kind of mascot or team logo as well. Bricolage fits well into this picture because it is taking something specifically from a culture, and modernizing it and putting it out in the general public. It definitely gives a different perspective on the Native American culture and their clothes.

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