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Are Native Americans Offended By Cultural Appropriation?

What’s up guys this is will wear with Praeger you today? We’re at the Navajo Nation and we’re talking to people today about political correctness issues facing their community in their culture Let’s do it. Do you find the name Washington Redskins? Is that offensive to you? Um, I don’t think so I in my personal opinion know I am a Washington Redskins fan You know, I don’t think it’s terrible, you know Because the Redskins actually came down last year to with our Native American people and talking how to do football the little kids You know, I don’t find it offensive Someone came to me and called me a Redskin to my face Hey, it’s my fault for letting that hurt me. I Believe as Navajos and as Native Americans we have larger issues to deal with the name-calling Like that. I like to Cleveland Indians. I thought that was pretty cool But some people would say that was like a drunken native on on a logo You know II mean but the Redskins I don’t I mean that’s a historic. That’s a fighter You know, I mean and like you look at the Apache helicopters, you look at the Navajo code talkers You see people jumping on airplanes saying Geronimo So that’s just admiration that the the American cultures that’s adapting and bringing into their their environment. We can’t dwell on the past Progress is in the future. And so we have to look forward as Native people I didn’t know if you heard about Elizabeth Warren talking about 1/1000 24th the Native American putting that out there. What does that mean to you? And she says I think that’s just a way of kind of having an advantage Being in a political position. Yeah. Let me ask a question back if I were, you know, maybe in a different country Let’s say Ireland and maybe I had 1% and I was trying to claim the 1% you know Any mean kind of like that, you know what I mean? What would you say are the biggest issues are now facing than I have a whole community Definitely language and culture preservation and realizing that it is something we need to preserve and it’s something very special and unique something that a lot of people don’t get to enjoy it’s it’s a cool thing being Navajo and being Native American in this day and age if someone were to dress up as a Native American for Halloween What do you think about that someone outside of the community? There’s a fine line there for me, there are Totems there are pieces of attire and regalia that are Authentic and only meant to be worn during certain times or certain acts of of ceremony but you know if you go to Walgreens or Walmart on the Halloween store or you know a Costume specialty store, you buy something that’s obviously fake I don’t really have a problem with that, you know the symbolism of the headdress and stuff like that and I can see how Native Americans traditionally Who may not see that as great but as a young person like myself I think that’s that’s that’s a cool thing that we get to be represented. Well when you start mutilating Eagles or Sacred animals to make up your regalia just for a Halloween costume. Then you’re crossing the line disrespecting the culture exactly exactly but as far as cultural appropriation Mankind wouldn’t be where we are today If it wasn’t for cultural appropriation at some point in our history somebody took the idea of making fire from another culture and the Navajos were able to adapt and Basically learn from the people that they were and able to integrate that into their own culture. So we were basically survivors I really we take a lot of pride in that and then the Navajo code talkers that were in the South Pacific Theater they used their Native American language and They were instrumental in every marine action and all the different scattered Network Islands overseas and I mean, it could have been any other, you know people in the world, but By the blessing of the Creator we were we were, you know, given and granted that that opportunity to protect our homeland which is America, you know, but I think it has become very Unfortunate that. We live in a culture in a society where outrage has become a recreational pastime Where people knit and pick until they find something wrong and then they become outraged by it and That for me, I believe that hurts cross-cultural relationships I believe it hinders us helping to understand each other now here at the Museum I give a lot of cultural lectures and a lot of cultural tours that’s part of my job here and I always start off every tour and every questionnaires a session with I’m very difficult to offend and I believe that the most offensive questions are the questions that need to be asked and answered Because that’s the only way we learn with each other whether it’s between religion beliefs cultures gender, it doesn’t matter the most offensive things are sometimes the most important conversations to have all right guys So we just finished up here at the cache miss festival here at the Navajo Nation And we found that most Native Americans are not so worried about being offended and more worried about bettering themselves and they love this country They love the military and they love the USA. So thank you guys so much for watching if you enjoyed this follow me and Praeger you on social media drop your comments below and make sure you share this video with your Friends i’m will whit for Prager you thank you You

Jean Kelley



  1. Outmachainsandy! Posted on November 16, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Wow loved this, such great people!

  2. Aaron Goodman Posted on November 17, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Most native Americans? You interviewed four people.

  3. Wiley Dutton Posted on November 19, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Love my people and my heritage! And no it isn’t offensive let us speak for ourselves please

  4. Tightt Af Posted on November 25, 2019 at 2:24 am

    I don’t care, but don’t try to say you’re celebrating native culture whilst celebrating it incorrectly that’s dumb

  5. Adrie Gruis Posted on November 25, 2019 at 5:50 am

    “The most offensive things are sometimes the most important conversations to have.”


  6. ___ Posted on November 25, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    It would be funny if they just said "yes" so the guy just went like "oh… Ok" and the video ended.

  7. m00dy_char Posted on December 3, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Loved this video! Being born and raised on the Navajo nation it's nice to see people coming and learning more about us in a respectful manner and i see you with your blue bird shirt and native jewelery awesome for supporting our artists. Liberals come here and point cameras at ANYTHING and don't even try to talk to us. They just glare and leave trash in our monument's. We spend our time focusing on family and our traditional beliefs and practices and are actually pretty hard conservatives. Also I was told from someone who went to school in the city, they're telling students our Homeland is our Concentration camp. Far from true. Our land is beautiful full of natural beauty and animals and it is instilled in us from birth to respect mother Earth and to always focus on bettering ourselves which is why we live by the terms "hózhó" and "walk in beauty". Also we are VERY patriotic and love America, most families have or know active military and veterans.

  8. Clayton Myers Posted on December 9, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Wow these Navajo people are awesome! Seriously all well spoken and educated. We need more people like this in our country! This was a good video right here

  9. Gaby H Posted on December 28, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Everyone is free to their own opinion. I'm sure half of these Native Americans really do feel this way, which is fine, but the others took a nice $50 bill for this lovely video. The main point is MAJORITY OF NATIVE AMERICANS DO FIND THESE MASCOTS OFFENSIVE.

  10. Gary Jaensch Posted on December 28, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Some real wisdom from real people.

  11. Javier Jaime Posted on December 30, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Imagine if fire and the wheel was from a certain culture lol wtf people would be outraged 😂

  12. krakoosh1 Posted on January 16, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Wasn’t Redbone a Navajo?

  13. H. DiSalvatore Posted on January 17, 2020 at 6:51 am

    I wish more people were as chill as they are. We would be a much more peaceful world.

  14. R Colbert Posted on January 20, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Your best video to date

  15. pedro S. Posted on January 21, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Sorry to say the opinion of 3 people is not a representative population sample. If you want to do this right, gather enough data. Do a survey.

  16. KING G22 Posted on January 22, 2020 at 2:08 am

    There's a difference from mocking and admiring someone's culture

  17. Dave Posted on January 27, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    wow so much respect so fine.

  18. Erica Posted on February 2, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    So awesome! People want to be offended for those that aren’t even offended. Look forward.

  19. Rrod139 Posted on February 4, 2020 at 10:07 am

    "Here are SOME native americans who don't find it offensive, so that means it isn't offensive at all!"

    This video is just such a incredible amount of stupid and is void of any actual value. LOL

    But then again everything that PragerU does, always is.

  20. Boggy Bunny Posted on February 5, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    How did no one mention MMIW??

  21. Avley 07 Posted on February 7, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    This reminds me of Gahyeon from Dreamcatcher getting hate over ONE FEATHER on her headdress 😂

  22. OarsmanPower Posted on February 10, 2020 at 12:54 am

    That’s one of Will’s best videos and his guests were very well spoken. I loved their passion and their proud history. I’ve been to the Navajo Nation and it is a beautiful part of the country. God bless every one of them and Go Tribe! ⚾️

  23. Jordan Cortez Wartell Posted on February 14, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    This is a fantastic interview because it is so clearly authentic and primary. I really like the point of the man in the black t-shirt that if the cultural item is clearly fake and not authentic, one shouldn't act so offended. We all should strive to educate ourselves before making any decisions respecting a culture that we are not a part of. This video helps to do that.

  24. English man Posted on February 16, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Liberals don't care about native americans their just using them to gain brownie points.

  25. Ryan Little Eagle Music Posted on February 17, 2020 at 5:50 am

    How many people were interviewed for this video? I feel like there needs to be view points from both sides to paint a clearer picture of the argument, I feel like while these views are valid there needs to be points from both sides to truly understand the message

  26. Toby Stewart Posted on February 17, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Pretty much every North American is 1% Native American

  27. Geronimo Louie Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I’m upset with these natives. The interviewer should have ask more then a small group of indigenous peoples, who say nice things.

  28. E- World Posted on February 23, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Do they think especially Caucasian Americans think that wearing a headdress is a sign of supporting Native American culture!? Big mistake and guess what! It’s a sign of disrespect, and a oblivion to indigenous culture. How completely stupid and mindless that wearing a headdress or painting your face or dressing as a Native American Cheif is a sign of respect! How completely idiotic some people can be, what is wrong with them

  29. Bruh Skee Posted on February 26, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    I’m a Cherokee Native American and I think the people that think cultural appropriation a real problem with tribes are further dividing this nation from the unity we want

  30. M. Gustave H. Posted on February 27, 2020 at 10:27 am

    This sounds exceedingly sensible, unlike absolutely everyone who has cried, "Cultural appropriation!"

  31. Slouchy Posted on February 27, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    He should have touched on the Warbonnets at Music Festivals… Personally… I KNOW people wear it because it's a BAD ASS look… when you put that on you look amazing… I am Plains Cree First Nations native, if I ever get to perform in front of an audience I'm going to buy people Warbonnets to wear… and they are obviously imitations and fake so… it's whatever man… Plus putting limits on cultures just divides us as people…

  32. General McPherson Posted on February 28, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Some of those airborne boys jumped out of those planes with warpaint and mohawks! So badass!

  33. Cowboy Cowboy Posted on March 4, 2020 at 4:42 am

    I had the HONOR of meeting a CODE TALKER in fort Lewis. He gave a speech and told powerful stories with a lifetime of experience behind his words. Half the warriors had tearing eyes when he finished talking…. patriotism is a heart condition not a skin color.

  34. Michael Freeland Posted on March 5, 2020 at 12:24 am

    Who cares.

  35. TomHud Posted on March 5, 2020 at 8:36 am

    damn no more cowboys and indian films 🙁
    Jokes aside i like the Indians.Brave warriors

  36. Matt Massey Posted on March 12, 2020 at 2:59 am

    They don't have to be offended I'll be offended for them, see how that works