Several Indigenous artists and designers in B.C. are angry and calling for an apology after an American reality TV star was spotted wearing regalia with ripped jeans and stilettos in a way they say disrespects the Indigenous cultures of the northwest coast.
Nene Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta wore a red-fringed button blanket as a cape on her way to a television appearance in New York City earlier this week.
Leakes posted a photo of herself in the regalia on her Instagram page with the caption “Baby it’s cold outside.”
Lou-Ann Neel, a Kwakwaka’wakw artist and button blanket maker, said she was “livid” when she saw it.
“You always wear your blanket … only in ceremonies. And you’re wearing your finest, you’re representing your tribe, your people, your family,” Neel said.