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Oklahoma governor criticizes daughter over fake Indian dance

Filed Under: Arts & Entertainment | National | Politics
More on: apologies, oklahoma, racism, stereotypes

Christina Fallin appeared in a headdress for a photo that was posted, then later removed, from Instagram. She's drawing additional fire for recent performance in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) criticized her daughter for a performance that has drawn outrage among tribal members in the state.

Fallin said her daughter Cristina acted in an "inappropriate" manner by donning a cape and performing a faux "Indian" dance as her band performed at a music festival over the weekend.

“I have great respect for Oklahoma’s tribal members and I celebrate their traditions and culture," Fallin said in a statement. "As governor, I work hand in hand with tribal leaders on everything from disaster response to economic development. Tribal governments are important partners to our state government, and I value the good relationships my administration has cultivated with them.”

The Norman Music Festival also condemned Cristina and her band, Pink Pony.

"We had no prior knowledge of the performance content, and we oppose her use and depiction of American Indian artifacts and symbols," Gene Bertman, the chairman of the festival, said in a statement. "We certainly understand that these actions do nothing but promote racism, cultural discrimination and religious discrimination."

The band, however, contends it did nothing wrong. In a statement on its Facebook page, the group said Cristina did not wear a shawl and did not perform a "war dance" as has been widely interpreted.

"The cape was in no way a Native American shawl," the group said. The cape had "Sheep" written on the back as a protest against "yellow journalism," the statement read.

Red Dirt Report has posted videos of the performance and of Native protesters on its YouTube channel.

Get the Story:
Pink Pony poised to "pop!" as outrage grows over NMF gig (Red Dirt Report 4/28)
Christina Fallin at center of Norman Music Festival protests, festival apologizes for Pink Pony performance (KFOR 4/28)
Governor's daughter outrages Native Americans with performance (KOCO 4/28)
Native Americans React to Christina Fallin's Fake War Dance Performance (Indian Country Today 4/28)
Christina Fallin's band sparks controversy, criticism from the governor (The Tulsa World 4/29)

Related Stories:
Joy Harjo: Another lame defense of cultural misappropriation (03/18)
Adrienne Keene: A non-apology for wearing 'Indian' headdress (3/10)

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