ECCU 400

Cultural Appropriation

As I was listening to the presentation about cultural appropriation, I thought back about a time that I experienced this first hand. I went to a k-12 school in Gull Lake. In my grade three year, I remember that we had a specific day of school where we were to dress up like another culture. Maybe this was for halloween, or maybe it was a “culture day” in school. Either way, the task was to dress up as someone else. Well I came to school in a traditional Chinese robe that my mother had handmade for me. I wore white face paint and put my hair in a traditional Chinese style. What I remember about that day was that I actually won a prize for best costume.

Now did I really know at the time that I was being culturally inappropriate? Probably not as I was about 8 years old. Something that I really took from the presentation, was that we are human and we make mistakes sometimes. It is so very important to own up to those mistakes and to recognize that you did something wrong. So essentially this is me saying that I recognize that by dressing up in a traditional Chinese robe was inappropriate.

When I look back on this memory, I realize that I wasn’t the only one was using cultural appropriation. When I said earlier that I won a prize for best costume, I think it goes to show that my school was participating in cultural appropriation as well. They gave me a prize for wearing this outfit that was sacred to Chinese culture. Like mentioned in the presentation, and in “Indigenous Writes,” we need to do our research and make sure we know about what is sacred or not in culture. We gave the example in class about the eagle feather. The same thing could be said about wearing a traditional Chinese robe. I think with this situation, it just takes me being aware that what I did was not okay. Yes, I was a young child and didn’t really know any better. Now as an adult, I can take this situation and what I have learned and use it towards my students or my own children in the future.

I think learning about cultural appropriation has helped guide and influence my own miskasowin a bit. I can understand and be more aware of the things that I do and say now that I know about cultural appropriation.

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EDTC Learning Project

Hi my name is H-a-i-l-i-e

Update:

This week I learned how to say “Hi my name is Hailie,” and “Nice to meet you.”

I realized:

  • It was harder than I thought to learn a phrase.
  • Its especially hard to learn two phrases and then get all the signs down.
  • I mixed up some of the signs of each phrase
  • Take it nice and easy
  • Practice, Practice, Practice

So here is my video…. excuse my face… not sure why it starts like that! haha

So as you could tell from the video, I did screw up on making my letter “a.” I found it difficult to get all the hand and finger movements right because some of them are quite complicated! I truly think that practice makes perfect in this situation and to just keep trying it until you feel completely comfortable with it.

So I decided to branch away from my app this week and try some videos to learn from. The two videos I used were:

  1. “Greetings in ASL” 
  2. “ASL- nice to meet you” 

I found using the youtube videos were fairly easy as (like the app) I could always go back and rematch the video until I understood it fully. I did watch a few videos to make sure that the signs I was learning were correct!

One really interesting thing I learned while learning how to sign my name was that, someone who isn’t from deaf culture (me) would sign their name with each individual letter. There is such a thing as sign names and this is where a special sign is invented for you personally from someone of the deaf culture. It is typically related to your name somehow and gestures a body movement! Some people have several name signs for them from multiple different deaf communities.