After my three-year-old son watched Disney’s Moana and decided he would be Maui when he grows up (be still my heart), I started thinking about cultural appropriation and how to properly frame that for my son as he grows…
We’re a military family, so we live everywhere. And the different places we’ve lived and the cultures there have definitively become a part of our identities, our tastes in art, the foods we cook, our political views (you get the picture).
For example, our last station was in South Dakota. There we developed an appreciation and sympathy for the Lakota peoples — love of their art and jewelry, sympathy for their causes, love of Three Sisters Soup… I would never presume to wear traditional or ceremonial clothing obviously. But media, art work, and custom made jewelry?
Help me out. When does cultural appreciation cross the line into culture appropriation? -Katie
We’ve talked about cultural appropriation when it comes to kid’s names, but what about when it comes to kid’s entertainment, art, and even the cultures that surround their upbringing?
What are your experiences and thoughts about framing cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation with children?