but this listing is more about making a statement about respecting the cultures whose art has inspired us to create our own.
to be clear, i have seen people on etsy and other places create very attractive items that are clearly inspired by work from indigenous people of south america, africa, asia, and native american cultures just to name a few. i personally celebrate taking inspiration from images and designs one considers beautiful. and i will go even further to say i encourage people to discourage forms of art derived from cultures that have a history of oppression as being considered beautiful. i encourage art, styles, and traditions of the oppressed (that would otherwise be lost because of forced assimilation, etc.) to be considered as beautiful. but often times there is cultural, political or religious significance to certain items and sometimes these items are glamorized and worn with ignorance to their true meaning (ex: shemaghs). i find this disrespectful and discourage such trends.
using certain tags in your work that is misrepresentative is a fine line to walk. more specifically, to say something is navajo or hopi but not made from a person who is navajo or hopi is a misrepresentation and actually against the law, look it up. this one gets the benefit of the doubt a little in that i do not think people are trying to be disrespectful when using tribe names as tags in their listings. i personally think that it is at the very least opportunistic and i discourage using tribe names to get attention to your items. furthermore, one could argue that a person of anglo saxon decent using a native american tribe name to sell a product on the very land where atrocities that native american people suffered at the hands of white people is insult to injury and, dare i say, offensive. i do not think people should do it so i do not do it.
i have also seen people, specifically on etsy, use terms like "savage" to describe their items that were clearly inspired by work from indigenous people of some of the regions i listed above. this is incredibly culturally insensitive and has no place in the etsy community in my opinion. to refer to an item as "savage" is a gross debasement of a beautiful intricate culture and its practices. such words also subjugate the people in those cultures and, again, has no place in the etsy community.
so the moral of the story is RESPECT...
if you are not a native american who has earned their feathers in ceremony, you should not wear a native american feather headdress. that item is not about looks but about spirituality. if you are inspired by art, great, but do not use words like savage and don't wear items that are intended to communicate that you have certain religious or political beliefs if you do not have those religious or political beliefs. it is just a bag of wrong.
in short, you have a responsibility to the artists and cultures that have inspired you, and that responsibility is RESPECT