Is Kate guilty of cultural misappropriation by including TEEPEE in Chelsea Flower Show? – Today New


 The Duchess of Cambridge based her garden on the needs of children – but already it has been suggested she may ruffle some feathers with Native Americans who have for centuries regarded the cone-shaped tent as a sacred object Some may see it as a bold move on the mum-of-three’s part to use the ancient living space as a prop in her garden designed to “trigger memories of time spent in nature” Kensington Palace said the space, which also includes a treehouse, waterfall, stream, and a campfire, aims to “highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing” – but the presence of a teepee touches on a culturally sensitive note    Meghan Markle vs Princess Diana: How Meghan CHANNELLED Princess Diana Meghan Markle and Kate’s feud a ruse to hide REAL Royal rift  Sociology professor Frank Furedi defended Kate’s use of the teepee in her garden but warned she had left herself open to the possible taunts of cultural misappropriation   He said: “No doubt some idiots will claim it’s a cultural misappropriation. It doesn’t really evoke the traditional vision of an English garden, but it’s harmless enough ”  The tent is also used by the First Nations people in Canada, and Kate and William met with chiefs of the Haida tribe during their royal visit to British Colombia in 2016  In 2012, Monaco’s Princess Charlotte Casiraghi was branded “ignorant” for donning a Native American costume while competing in a fancy dress showjumping competition   Alicia Elliott, whose father is Native American, has previously spoken out about how she felt insulted by other children misusing Indigenous symbols when she was younger “This isn’t just fun and games; there are real, tangible consequences to perpetuating stereotypes and robbing significant cultural touchstones of their meaning,” she said in an article for Today’s Parent in 2017 “I’ve had to witness the appropriation of my culture my whole life, and it’s far from harmless ” Ms Elliott described how she was shamed for wearing moccasins – the traditional footwear of Native Americans – by other kids whose parent hung dreamcatchers in their cars   Kate Middleton’s royal role will be VERY different when Prince William Royal wedding 2019: Lady Gabriella’s connection with Prince Louis  But late in life she said she realised many people who misuse symbols associated with ancient cultures are mostly not aware of the insult they may be causing  She said: “The problem with conversations on cultural appropriation is that those who get accused of it usually haven’t experienced having their own culture stolen, misrepresented and used in disrespectful ways ” Teepees are traditionally made by wrapping animal skins around wooden poles. While they were used for daily living and sleeping throughout the centuries, most modern-day Natives use them for ceremonial purposes and prayer services   Kate is known to enjoy spending time in the great outdoors with Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and nine-month-old Prince Louis  For their annual Christmas card, the Cambridges chose a snap of their young family basking in the countryside at their estate, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk  And Kate recently told a group of schoolchildren she visited how she feels “really happy” when playing outside with her children  The Royal Horticultural Society will spend around £300,000 putting together Kate’s design which will be on display at the Chelsea Flower Show from May 21 to 25

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