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First Name Basis Podcast

Oct 27, 2020

Cultural appropriation can be so confusing. We all want to learn about and celebrate other cultures while making sure we don’t cross any lines or embrace stereotypes and caricatures. In this episode I answer the 5 most common questions that I get from you about cultural appropriation. We cover everything from authentic cultural artifacts to costumes. This episode will bring you the clarity you need to make sure you are appreciating and not appropriating.

  1. When I ask cultural insiders about appropriation I always get different answers, how do I navigate that?
  2. How do I avoid appropriating when it comes to children's costumes?
  3. When is it acceptable to wear authentic cultural artifacts?
  4. How can I support the Black economy without appropriating?
  5. What do I do if I realize that I've been purchasing appropriated items?


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Traditional Cultural Clothing:

Little Koto’s Closet by Emi Ito


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The Complicated History of the Moccasin 


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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams and “Dive Down” by VYEN