‘And More Cultural Bullying’

More Race-based cultural bullying…and more ‘white’ cultural cowardice:
“Manitoba’s ‘Elkhorn Resort Spa and Conference Centre’ has issued an apology after it built two teepees it had planned to rent out. But when rentals were posted, the company received some {Aboriginal} criticism calling the rental option ‘cultural appropriation’.

“On its website, the resort said it put up the two 18-foot Dakota style teepees and said there are many teachings around the teepee which vary from community to community and ‘nation’ to ‘nation’ {‘tribe’ to ‘tribe’}.

“Now, the resort is no longer planning to rent teepees and it issued a statement on its website saying,

“Elkhorn Resort would like to apologize for our recent posts regarding the teepees at Elkhorn Resort. We got this wrong”…
{You did NOTHING wrong…except apologize…}

“We have left the posts up because we recognize these conversations are important and necessary. These conversations are not always easy, but we commit to ‘learning’ from this and to doing better. We will not be renting the teepees at this time. We are reaching out to the ‘Indigenous’ {sic, they mean ‘Aboriginal’} community to determine the best way to move forward. That should have been our first step {?}. We sincerely apologize.”

“Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said he is impressed by the resort for how it chose to address the issue in such a ‘constructive’ way. He said they did not shy away from the ‘mistake’ they made.
{They made NO ‘mistake!}

“Dumas called this a ‘learning moment’ for the resort and added it is an opportunity for Elkhorn and the surrounding communities to collaborate and draw attention to some of the historical relationships in the province.”

–‘’We got this wrong’: Elkhorn Resort apologizes for plan to rent out teepees’,
Devon McKendrick, CTV News, February 16, 2021


COMMENT: “I call B.S. Mongolians used tipis before they were used in North America. They are also used by the Sami in Finland. Actually, the structure is common among many indigenous people around the world. Nor do the natives in Manitoba have a say over the Dakota design, as each tribe has its own features. It should also be noted that tipi coverings were birch bark, fur, etc., before the arrival of Eurasians who brought canvas. Fur, however, would be hard to transport .Tipis were used for ceremonies while people slept in the smaller wigwam. No one can claim the design.
Mongolian tipi:
–John Podolaniuk

“The English word “tipi” originated from the Lakota word “thipi”… Research has shown evidence of tipi dwellings dating back as far as 10,000BC – that’s when sabre-toothed tigers and mammoths roamed the planet! Archaeologists unearthed a series of wooden poles taken from what is assumed to be a village of tipis. Tipis, teepees or thipis were a popular choice of temporary home for wandering tribes throughout the world…”

The Tipi Co., 29 July 2019

A Sami family in front of a goahti in the foreground and a lavvu in the background (the picture is taken around 1900)

“…The conical tent is not unique to North America; in fact, it is common to native cultures across the Northern hemisphere.

–Scandinavian ‘Laavvu’
“In Northern Scandinavia, native conical tent designs include the ‘lavvu’, ‘kota’ and a conical shelter of timber and peat moss known as the ‘goahti’. Their designs are very similar to the Native American tipi; however, the weather conditions in which they evolved are considerably more harsh than North America. To remain stable in the high winds and treeless plains of Scandinavia, the lavvu and kota are shorter and wider than the Native American tipi and they lack smoke flaps, which could be a hazard in high wind. Smoke from the fire vents through a hole in the top-center of the tent.

–Siberian ‘Chum’
“From Western Siberia to Northern Mongolia, the native conical tents used by nomadic tribes are generically called a ‘chum’; a name which is often applied to the ‘yurt’ or ‘ger’, as well. Like lavvu and kota, chum are shorter and wider than a tipi, allowing them to likewise withstand the conditions of the Taiga and Mongolian Steppe. However, the chum also shares design elements in common with the yurt in that they can be very wide; up to 30′ in diameter and feature square wooden doors and door frames.

–Native American ‘Teepee’
“Like the Mongolian yurt and chum conical tents, the Native American ‘tipi’ evolved to a very high degree of sophistication. Properly, the tipi is not circular when pitched; it’s actually of a slightly elliptical shape, to maximize space opposite of the door. Likewise, a tipi is not a right-angled cone; it slopes considerably from the door to the rear of the tent. This not only increases standing headroom in the rear of the tipi but it places the center of the tipi under the opening in the smoke flap, instead of where the poles meet. Perhaps the most iconic and distinctive feature of the tipi is its ingenious smoke flap design, which allows smoke from the fire to escape the tent unimpeded, regardless of wind direction.”

–‘History of the Tipi Tent’,
CanvasCamp, May 7, 2018

See also:
Cultural Appropriation Is A One-Way Street’ (Aboriginal Art) {Jan.12, 2021}:
Here are two more examples of so-called ‘cultural appropriation’:
P.S. The answer to the following question is ‘EVERYONE’, and Aboriginals — who have culturally appropriated Western culture – need to get used to it…
   “Questions about who has the right to make money from the cultural and artistic traditions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Canada.”

Did Aboriginals Copyright Totem Poles?’ (Tecumseh tribute) {April 27, 2018}:
“Decades ago, some Canadian children made a totem pole in honour of the chief that their school was named after, but because they weren’t aboriginal and didn’t have the permission of certain West coast tribes, the pole must now come down…”

Symbol Of Colonialism’:
“According to Misao Dean, ‘Professor of English’ at the University of Victoria {of course}, the canoe can be a symbol of ‘colonialism’, ‘imperialism’ and ‘genocide’ due to history. She also accused the canoers of ‘cultural appropriation’ because they are primarily ‘white’ men and have a ‘privileged’ place in society.”

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