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Adventures in ill-advised references to Native American culture

January 08, 2013|By Georgia Garvey, RedEye

If you're Native American, 2012 wasn't a good year for culturally sensitive representations of your heritage. But you probably don't need RedEye to tell you that. Here's a trip through some of the more recent flubs, flaws and outright offensive depictions of Native Americans.

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No Doubt pulled their video for "Looking Hot" after many complained about the "cowboys and Indians" theme. In the video, Gwen Stefani appeared to be dressed as a Native American woman and scenes were shot in tepees.

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Lana Del Rey wore a feather headdress in the video for "Ride." The headdress, called a war bonnet, is sacred to many American Indian cultures and is worn only by men who have earned the right to wear the headpiece.

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At the Victoria's Secret fashion show, Karlie Kloss walked the runway in a leopard-print-and-buckskin bikini, turquoise jewelry and a floor-length war bonnet.

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Charlotte Casiraghi, a Gucci model and the royal granddaughter of Grace Kelly, competed in an equestrian event earlier this month in slapped-on "war paint" and a feathered headdress with a leopard-print stripe.

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River Viiperi (Paris Hilton's boyfriend) and Aubrey O'Day both wore "Indian" themed Halloween costumes this year.

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Designer Paul Frank had a "neon pow-wow" Fashion's Night Out party this fall, complete with plastic tomahawks, feathered headbands and brightly colored invites.

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On "The New Normal," young girl Shania, played by Bebe Wood, sang the Cher song "Half-Breed" wearing a pink war bonnet. In the show, she's given a punishment (that's later reversed).

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