For some reason our backwards american culture has decided to appropriate the native american headdress and use it in fashion, this is beyond disrespectful, to give you an example of why this is such a horrible symbol in fashion (especially worn by white euro centric women) here is the actual meaning behind the native american headdress.
Head hair was considered to be the extension of the soul for the Native American Indians. Hence they would use various forms of personal medicine and ornaments to decorate the hair. This was topped off with a truly breathtaking headdress.
Although the kind of headdresses worn varied from tribe to tribe there were generally four varieties amongst the warriors of the plains. One of the most famous Native American Indian headdresses is the horned one. Then you have the special golden eagle feather headdress. The more toned down headdress was in the form of a hat or a cap. And perhaps the most awkward, at least for non-Natives was the animal skin type headdress.
The headdress was not something one could wear at will. Rather it was something that every warrior had to earn and the only way to do that was to go into battle. Every feather in the headdress was a symbolic reflection of the deeds that the wearer engaged in. This is why you would find that some warriors had only two or three feathers in their headdresses throughout their life time. This gives you the idea of how difficult it was to earn these feathers.
The bonnet, as it was also known was taken as a symbol of high respect. As such the ordinary people were not allowed to sport the bonnet without special permission from the chief of the tribe. There were different ways of earning the privilege of being able to wear a bonnet. One of the ways in which you could get the honor was to be the first to touch a fallen enemy in a battle. This was so because it signified that the particular individual was at the forefront of the fighting.
- taken from http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/usa/Native-American-Indians-Headdress/2276
This gives you an idea why it is disgusting of our culture to decide to place it on the heads of white euro centric people, the very people who came in and tortured them, stole their children, and wiped them out in several places, and now we’ve decided we deserve their crown of honor.
I’m glad someone finally said it. I’m in no way Native American, and I find it disrespectful when headdresses are worn as fashion items.