Adon Vazquez

Ambassador

Adon Vazquez

Adon, Eastern Band of Cherokee, displays his pride by the role he plays as a youth leader in a program for native youth. Through his role as a We R Native Ambassador, he hope to not only get to know more native youth, but also address problems in other native communities and help overcome those problems. When Adon is not working or in class, you can find him with the high school marching band or on stage with the drama club.

I am a white woman of Ukrainian descent who has been involved in aboriginal ceremonies for the past 12 years. I have been so grateful to have more recently participated in a Ghost Dance and a Sun Dance and a Yuwipi ceremony. I am always careful to honour protocol and wear an appropriate long skirt (hard being 6 feet tall to find one long enough!). I have wanted to be as respectful as possible. I am curious if making a ribbon skirt or a dress to do Ghost Dance is allowed for a participant if they are not native. I have received very mixed messages. Some aboriginal people welcome it and find it extremely respectful and others have said it is appropriation. I feel the only dresses that are suitably long and modest are often from another culture- African, Mexican- unless I make something myself. Can you share your thoughts with me?

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