Vampire Beat 2014!! A fundraiser for BlackFlash Magazine and PAVED Arts

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We are proud sponsors of this year’s Vampire Beat photobooth because we love supporting our local community arts organizations, BlackFlash and PAVED Arts. Thinking about coming to Vampire Beat as an “Indian”? Please don’t!

Way cool blogger Adrienne Keane of NativeAppropriations.com came up with some compelling reasons why you should not rock a headdress or dress up like an “Indian”.

Headdresses promote stereotyping of Native cultures.
Headdresses, feathers, and warbonnets have deep spiritual significance.
It’s just like wearing blackface.
There is a history of genocide and colonialism involved that continues today.

Our own kimiwan ‘zine Halloween sartorial choices are heavily influenced by Portlandia and Tim Burton. Ignorance is spooky! We want everyone to have a good time at Vampire Beat. Don’t forget that cultures are not costumes, and when planning your costume, please think outside the (racist) box.