So this image is doing the rounds on Tumblr social justice blogs…
And it started like this:
Sticking a feather in a woman’s hair and braiding it doesn’t make her Native. I’m tired of seeing White models promoting Native Americans in a sexual way. Art is one thing, but we should be allowed to have pictures of US (not White people), in our own element to represent us. The rate of victimization of Urban Native Americans is 121.3 per 1000 people. As an Urban Native American, it shocks me even more. My race is the most likely to get raped, assaulted, and sexually assaulted. This is why I don’t like photos like these which makes us simply sexual objects. As a Native American woman, I don’t want to see the statistics to get worse. White women portraying a Native American women as a sexual object is not right.
See, the thing is, not only did no one bother to get permission to use the photo in such a manner, but the model herself?
This is a photo of me. And guess what? I am apache and choctaw, you morons. But I am sure your ignorance and your racism got in the way of actually finding the source of this photo, and seeing I have written blog after blog about being Native American, and my pride for my heritage that has been instilled in me.
Her Tumblr blog had a link to the unaltered photo in question, but it’s been removed, apparently for violating Tumblr’s Terms of Service. If you look at Rachel Dashae’s Tumblr blog, as far as I can tell it’s the only photo which has been removed, even though there are other nude photos of her on her blog.
As far as I can tell, the image is contentious because of her pretty-by-white-standards status, and goes from there based on the notion that it’s a white girl appropriating and fetishizing Native American culture.