Calling a pow wow regalia "costumes"
Regalia is not to be called "costumes". Much thought, time, energy and expense goes into the making of each regalia. Often pieces of the regalia are family heirlooms. Frequently they these heirlooms are extremely delicate and irreplaceable.

Touching the dancers Eagle Feathers, Bustles, Plumes or Fans

Pointing with fingers: For native people, it isn’t just people that you shouldn’t point at, but also trees and animals, homes, graves, regalia and medicine items.

Claiming Cherokee Royal Ancestry

Twerking at a Round Dance

Calling Themselves a Redskin

Arriving Early to a Pow wow: Guilty. Do we really need a description here? Indian time…you know the deal.

Buying a pet from  pet stores when you live on a reservation

Things You Should Never Say: 
-“That Christopher Columbus – what a great navigator, huh? I’m really glad he discovered America.”

-Saying “Columbus Did Discover America”

-“Why don’t they just count us with the Asians anyway? I mean, the Bering Strait Theory and all.”

 - You Should Cut Your Hair More Often: The cutting of hair by oppressors has long represented the submission and defeat of a People, through humiliation. Hair has great significance and power for Native people.

-Arguing with Darwin's evolutionary theories and saying that humans evolved or descended from apes and monkeys: Native Americans have own creation stories and legends with animals like eagles,wolves,turtles, snakes, bison, coyotes, ravens, hummingbirds....etc

North American Indians tell many stories about the stars - individual stars and groups of stars. Often in these stories, the stars are referred to as "the People of the Sky World."

The Hopi believe their ancestors came from the Pleiades, the place, or people they call Chuhukon, or, those who cling together, a reference it seems to that tightly grouped starry cluster, as it appears to the naked eye. Likewise, early Dakota legends speak of the Pleiades, or Tiyami,  as the abode of the ancestors. Other native oral histories, or legends, speak of an origin, if not in the Pleiades, then in the stars generally, or other constellations. The Cree, for example, arrived on earth from the stars, as spirits, and then became human beings.

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