INDIGENOUS ARTISTS CALL FOR APOLOGY AFTER AMERICAN REALITY TV STAR SPOTTED IN REGALIA

Real Housewives star Nene Leakes wore ceremonial button blanket with ripped jeans and stilettos

Lou-Ann Neel, a Kwakwaka'wakw artist and button blanket maker, said Leakes took one of her culture's most sacred belongings and wore it as "this week's fad." (Nene Leakes/Instagram)

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.”

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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.

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