Cringing through the cute.

November 23rd, 2011

Look,  I understand that this tradition needs to go.  I am really sorry if  it hurts people’s feelings.   I even understand some of the Native American community equates this with blackface.  (The school  calls them Indians too. Not even American Indians.  Ack.)  Not cool.  So should I not have let him participate?   And, be the only one in his entire school who does not get to sing his little songs and be in the feast?

Keep in mind that I WORK at the school in question!  And it is a great preschool.  And, I LOVE working there.

He plays dress up every single day, why would he not dress as a Native American?   It is not like they painted his face red or anything!

Plus, see how cute?

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And it really is about being thankful to God, and teaching the kids to acknowledge their blessings. And the preschool does that very well.

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So this was his last year, next year it will be off to Kindergarten.  I think he will get a Pilgrim hat then.   Now his ancestors REALLY were Pilgrims (on the Mayflower and everything!)  so I know no one can get upset about that.   Right?


2 Responses to “Cringing through the cute.”

  1. grammy on November 25, 2011 8:51 pm

    I don’t think you should cringe over this. I can to this day recall dressing up with a papoose on my back for a school program. I even recall the song about an indian chief we sang. None of these made me insensitive to the injustices suffered by native americans at the hands of the settlers. If anything it lead to an admiration of them; the settlers would not have survived the first winter without the assistance they received from these hearty foragers.

  2. grammy on November 26, 2011 5:23 am

    Also, he has both Cherokee and Iroquois ancestors as well.

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