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Trying on 'Indian' costumes

'A costume like this keeps Native Americans in the past, as if we’re not real people today'

Halloween’s a kind of weird time for us.

Access to boatloads of candy is great, and who doesn’t love scary stories and horror flicks?

But every year we’re faced with the same problem: racist costumes.

A lot of people still don’t quite get it. They don’t get that dressing up like a sexy Pocahontas is wrong, insulting and overall really harmful to the way non-Indigenous people see Indigenous people.

BuzzFeed seems to get it though, and asked a handful of Native Americans to try on “Indian” costumes and get their reactions from wearing the inaccurate and inappropriate get-ups.

“I feel like I need a really big shower after wearing this costume,” said one individual.

“A costume like this keeps Native Americans in the past, as if we’re not real people today.”

Another noted that there’s something pretty disrespectful about wearing a people group as a costume.

“Because it’s so inaccurate, it almost feels like a joke,” said another. “Like someone’s making fun of me and all of the things my people fought and died to hold onto.”

Watch the funny, and cringe-worthy, video of their reactions below:

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