Native American Group Tells Yale Polynesian Dance Troupe To Lei Off the Cultural Appropriation

A Polynesian dance group at Yale University is under fire right now simply for existing. The group, called Shaka, is an all-female Polynesian dance troupe started four years ago at the university. Suddenly, the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY) has decided it’s a significant problem.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    To me the best thing about these stories is that the people who are in a position to best defend their own decisions always fold the fastest. This ‘group’ whatever it is, certainly didn’t go after Podunk U or Tiki Nite at the local Elks Lodge. No, they go after Yale et al because they know that above all, the rich white liberals and rich effete elites are so terrified of being called bigots that they cave immediately.

  • simus1

    Asking for dna printouts of all these self described “native Americans” might be a good starting point to ensure they are not members of the Ivy League’s large Fauxcahontas tribe.

    • felis gracilis

      Hey, if they claim to be offended, then you are the one in the wrong. Truth has no weight.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    “sexualizing and homogenizing Native [American] peoples, misrepresenting and erasing histories and political realities, and attempting to depoliticize inherently political culture and communities under colonial subjugation,”

    Stalin’s denouncing of the Trotskyites looked a lot like that accusation.

  • SDMatt

    Tiny bubbles
    In the wine
    Make me feel happy
    Make me feel fine.

  • David Murrell

    There is a minority argument that, a long time so, Polynesians travelled across the Pacific and settled in southern South America. But the few who settled there were wiped out by Indians migrating south. But on the human rights ranking scale, Indians outrank Polynesians. Universities adhere to the rigid human rights ranking system, in ranking minority privileges.

  • richard

    The solar powered hula girl will stay on my dashboard, cultural appropriation be damned!