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Appropriate? Or Appropriation? Native American Fashion and Identity – Fashion Show and Panel

With Adrienne Keene, Jessica Metcalfe, Susan Scafidi, and Shayne Watson
November 19th, 2014
7:00 PM


What makes some uses and representations of Native American cultural symbols appropriate, and others inappropriate? How should consumers evaluate the appropriateness of a garment or accessory they’re considering purchasing? What factors should non-Native American designers consider before incorporating Native American symbols and materials in their designs? How do intellectual and cultural property law affect the marketing of cultural symbols?

These issues – and more – were explored during an evening discussion in November 2014. Beautiful fashions designed by Native American designers were also on display.

Media coverage:

“Our Ancestors Were Stylish” in by  Miranda Goodwin-Raab in The Standard, November 27, 2014.

Runway Ripoffs: How Native American Fashion is Misused, Misinterpreted by Ezgi Ustundag, in Duke Today, November 20, 2014

Reflection on “Appropriate or Appropriation: Native American fashion show by Stephanie Wu, in The Duke Chronicle, November 20, 2014, pp 8 & 10

Adrienne Keene

Brown University
Adrienne [1]Keene, Ed.D. (Cherokee) Post-doctoral Fellow at Brown University (focusing on Native American access to higher education [2]), author of the blog “Native Appropriations [3]” Twitter: @NativeApprops Adrienne Keene is the author of Native Appropriations [4], a blog dedicated to pushing back against stereotypes and misrepresentations of ...
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Jessica Metcalfe

Jessica [1]Metcalfe, Ph.D. (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), author of Beyond Buckskin [2] blog and owner of its accompanying boutique [3], Twitter: @beyondbuckskin Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) earned her Ph.D. in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. She wrote her doctoral dissertation ...
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Susan Scafidi

Fordham Law
Susan Scafidi [1], Professor at Fordham Law and Founder of the Fashion Law Institute [2], Duke alumna, and author of /Who Owns Culture? Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law /(2005) [3], blogs at Counterfeit Chic [4], Twitter: @CounterfeitChic Professor Susan Scafidi serves as academic director of the Fashion Law Institute, ...
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Shayne Watson

Shayne [1]Watson (Navajo), designer at Shayne Watson Designs [2], was born and raised in Chinle, Arizona. The 27 year-old has been sewing since the age of 15, but is only in the third year of his professional career as a designer. Shayne Watson Designs features a fashion line ...
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