Originally Posted by CuAnnan
Nope. Ireland and England were doing it in Shakespearean times.
Personally, I hate people who culturally misappropriate.
But that just shows that there is no consensus about ethical behaviour in pagan communities, owing to our diverse backgrounds and cultural contexts.
Oh I was always led to believe it was an American tradition.
I actually agree with you on the misappropriation, "plastic shamans" do my head in and some eclectic Wiccans too with their "magpie spirituality". Have you ever heard of "Witta" by Edain McCoy? I would recommend reading it just for the lulz, the amount of misappropriation and wrongness in that book is RIDICULOUS! Apparently we had a potato goddess...
I think a lot of cultural misappropriation is down to ignorance, pure blind ignorance which in today's society is unacceptable.
However using a technique from another tradition is ok, either by using it in the correct context or by using it as a jumping off point in creating a technique. For example I use Mindfulness meditation to quiet my mind whenever I wish to do well... alot of stuff, however I'm not Buddhist but I am knowlegable about Buddhism so no issue of disrespect there.
The issue with the costumes... I'm not Native American so I can't comment but I could see how they would be racist. However I don't think the people who wear them are racist, a bit ignorant maybe, but not racist. I mean if you went up to them and asked them to wear blackface they would say "no it's a racist costume", so I don't think they realise the racism. I think the Native American community needs to do a bit more in publicising how racist these costumes are and eventually it will stop.
For costume events, I usually wear proper Kimono(and correctly as well) and it sickens me the amount of times I see a "Geisha", who looks like a hooker in a Penneys satin chinese robe thing(you know what I mean"), with face covered in talc. It frustrates me, because it is very disrespectful to both Japanese people and actual Geisha who are very beautiful and elegant. If you are going to dress up as something "different", do it right or don't do it at all!