How to Respectfully Decorate with Native American Decor

Note: The author is a Lakota journalist drawing from personal experience and knowledge. As such, most examples in this piece will center around Native American experiences and sources.

Over the past few years, as I’ve become an adult with my own home to decorate, I’ve come to notice the immense amount of “Native American” decor on home design sites and blogs. Whether that’s the result of an uptick in popularity or my own recognition of these items, the bottom line is, there’s no shortage of these themes: I’ve seen everything from “Indian” costumes for your chihuahua to “Navajo print” underwear to kid-sized tipis.

There are some glaring issues with several of these examples. Thankfully, it’s becoming more and more recognized that dressing up (either a human or an animal) as another culture is downright offensive. And a 2012 lawsuit between the Navajo Nation and Urban Outfitters set forth an unprecedented

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