Coachella, It is Time We Have a Talk About Cultural Appropriation

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – often referred to as Coachella – is an American festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. It is known for it’s people who dress in “edgy style.” Sometimes the edgy style is just cultural appropriation or stereotyping of someone else’s culture.

That is right, what was one’s culture or religion, or something that was sacred, is now being sold and worn as “festival wear”. For all of you that do not know what cultural appropriation is: It is when someone of one culture adopts parts of someone else’s culture or cultural stereotypes, because they deem it alluring or fun.

Cultural appropriation is not okay because it is a form of cultural stereotyping.
It’s hijacking parts of another culture whenever they seem fit for their lifestyle. 

And again, also this year there have been things culturally appropriated at Coachella:

Veils and headdresses are mostly worn by women in Islam. It is something sacred between a woman and God. In the picture below you can clearly see a typical cultural appropriation at coachella. So when one wears veils, mirror dress, traditional african dress, or henna, to an event as “festival wear” or a “halloween costume,” you are exploiting the culture, and not honoring. Often people who are culturally appropriating another culture don’t care about honoring it to begin with.

This year the Coachella-wear varied from Hindu Bindis, native american headdresses to muslim headdresses.

There is a way to go to Coachella without appropriating someone else’s culture. Do not know how to avoid cultural appropriation? Teen Vogue even offered a simple article on how to avoid it.

Written by Kaya Gravitter

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Kaya is 23-year old, reverted to Islam and from the United States. She is currently working on video blogging, writing poetry, and freelance writing. Kaya has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and International Studies. She has a passion to make a change in the world, even if it is small.