The super gifted Haida designer Dorothy Grant has called out Canadian Miss Universe contestant Samantha Tajik for what she is calling an “offensive” choice of costume.
Representing this country nationally, Samantha Tajik donned a Cree-inspired, fringed leather bikini encrusted with rhinestones and a feathered war bonnet during the 2008 pageant in Vietnam.
“A war bonnet to Cree people or the Prairie Indian people, it’s a sacred thing,” Dorothy said. “It’s used in ceremonies, in peace treaties, used in official addresses. It’s not used as a costume to walk on a stage with a deer-skin bikini.”
Now I certainly don’t think that we as Native people can’t be sexy and strong at the same time, however it’s a tad bit inappropriate to be wearing something sacred that belongs to a culture that isn’t your own, without permission, and in a way that it was not intended for.
What do you think?