Central America, 1825-1838
September 15 is Independence Day in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. And if you’ve ever wondered why all those countries have such similar looking flags, it’s because they were all once part of the same country. The Federal Republic of Central America only lasted for 15 years, but all five successor states kept using the blue-white-blue tricolour.
There were tweaks of course, but they were usually minimal. El Salvador and Nicaragua’s flags are nearly indistinguishable from each other and from the original flag. They both even still say “America Central” on them. Meanwhile Honduras literally just kept flying the old Central American flag for another 30 years. Today Costa Rica’s is the most different; they added a big red stripe during the Revolutions of 1848.
(designer: Louis-Michel Aury)
reminder: ferguson and palestine are still happening and are still important even though there’s less attention being paid to them right now
So, I thought you would be a good person to ask this question. I really think moccasins are beautiful and I'd like to have a pair, but as a non-native would that be disrespectful of me? Anyway, I've been following your blog for a while now and I think it's great! Thanks for being rad, man!
Moccasins, at least for most tribes, are not considered sacred, so there is no real problem with you wearing them. I love moccasins too, but I hardly can ever find a pair in my size. #bigfeetproblems.
On the other hand, there are a few problematic things you should avoid when buying moccasins.
- Do not buy your moccasins from douche bag hipster-vomit-tron companies like Urban Outfitter. Instead, buy from a Native American artist who has put time and effort into making the moccasins. I promise you’ll love them far more than any factory rendition and it puts money into real Native Americans pockets and Lord knows, they need it. You can find Native American artists at local powwows or even on Etsy. It’s just very important that you are putting your money back into the cultures that gives the world these great foot coverings!
- Do not call them “Native American moccasins.” There are actually many different styles of moccasins and tribes differ on their moccasins in what they look like .Instead, learn about your moccasins. What tribe do they come from? What specifically makes them different from other tribes? There’s a lot to learn out there, but if you want to wear our clothing, then you should probably learn why and who created it…just like any fashion designer.
- Do not associate moccasins with stereotypes. I once went to a party and this white girl was wearing moccasins. Through a large portion of the party, she would run around in circles and woop and yeeyee like the Indians in old westerns. Early college, I was not socially aware or brave enough to say anything to her (And I think I was rushing a fraternity, so I was worried about looking cool) but don’t be that person. Instead, if you are going to be intimate with Native American arts, stand with Native Americans against their oppressors and educate people. Because it will happen. People will see your mocs and begin to spout racist comments just because of their presence and Native Americans aren’t always there to stand up for themselves.
Besides these three helpful hints, I have nothing else to add. Other people may feel differently, so if anyone has anything to add, then message me. Besides that…Rock out with your mocs out!
Awesome response! Just adding that native-languages.org has some good artists promoted as well.
I get asked about this a lot and I never know what to say as I’m not native.
CNN has obtained a video, taken shortly after Michael Brown was shot, that shows a contractor who had been working near the shooting site describing the incident in a manner that matches other eyewitness testimony—raising his arms and shouting “man, he was going like this,” as if to suggest that Brown had adopted a posture of surrender before he died.
Two contractors are shown in the video, and both have spoken to CNN; one also spoke previously to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and one to Fox affiliate KTVI. The individual who is shouting and raising his arms in in the video told CNN that “the cop didn’t say get on the ground. He just kept shooting.” The other said that he saw officer Darren Wilson “chasing” Brown, that Wilson fired a shot at Brown while Brown’s back was turned, and that Brown raised his hands before he died, though it’s not clear at what point the witness saw Brown’s hands raised. (For what it’s worth, it seems like the worker who spoke to KTVI is the one wearing a pink shirt in the video and that the worker who spoke to the Post-Dispatch is wearing a green shirt.)
The CNN account notes that the workers are not from Ferguson and did not know the Brown family—a detail that could increase their perceived objectivity vis a vis witnesses from Brown’s neighborhood.
33 Days since Mike Brown’s murder, and his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. How much more evidence is needed to make a fucking arrest?! #farfromover #staywoke #ArrestDarrenWilson
Fox News is so incredily diverse. Look at all the color: eggshell, mayo, flour, starch, bleach, cauliflower
never forget white people did nothing first neither the best, they sleep and eat false propaganda,
Ugh, why the shit does that have to turn into a race thing? Why does EVERYTHING have to turn into a race thing?
because white people have made sure that everything is about race
as proved by the fact that when you say explorer, you think of a bunch of white guys walking the world and discovering it ~exotic wonders~ even though Zheng He travelled through Asia, to the Middle East, and even East Africa. But you’d likely never heard of him before.
Same reason you never heard of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, an Arab traveller who, as early as the 10th century, went to the Volga area for diplomatic reasons. He wrote about it, much as Marco Polo would do later for his own travels, and is one of our sources on what viking were like (and by all accounts, he wrote about them more accurately than western scholars of the same period did)
Oh, or Ibn Battuta who travelled throughout Africa long before europeans did, and even went to Europe himself.
And that’s just some example of Muslim medieval travel writers
Everything is about race because white people keep telling everyone that their race is the only one who every got anything done.
(Source: romancingalbion, via dentonsocialists)