Friday, June 26, 2015

Post-modern Metis Barbie

One of our purchases at Powwow last weekend was this Barbie from Native Bebe.  She had a number of dolls and some in sweet moss bags.  Runa got a Jasmine Barbie in a jingle dress last year and I couldn't resist this one.  The post modern beauty of the ultimate European princess in a jingle dress - the frozen girl herself - her very emotions frozen like the world around her.  Could you be any more Scandinavian?  I also liked this doll as a reminder that even though my girls are pretty pale skinned  they can show their metis pride.  Plus this is a fun imagination of the metis blending of the European and indigenous dress.  At the same time I can see how someone might see this as consuming the other and the white princess co-opting a culture that is not her own.  I thought this girl would give us a lot to talk and think about over the years.  What do you think?  Post-modern awesomeness or consumption of the other?

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