A teacher went viral after wearing a headdress and singing in her classroom.
According to the original social media post, a Native American student filmed his math teacher’s clips “war hooping & tomahawk hash” and “felt that violence was being committed against him and that he had the right to record.”
“Tomahawks, right? The teacher is heard saying in the first clip. In the background, the professor has drawn an Indian next to a rock on the projector. In a second slide, she drew another Indian with more feathers in the headdress. She then shows her feathers and adds, “I get all my feathers.”
Another video shows her sitting Indian-style on her desk asking the “water goddess” for “secret enchantment” before laughing out loud.
The incident took place at John W. North High School in Riverside, California. The teacher was supposedly trying to teach her class the “Sohcatoa” mnemonic device to recall functions. The identity of the teacher was not disclosed.
The Los Angeles Times reported that she was put on leave after her offensive act and cultural appropriation. The superintendent announced that they had officially launched an investigation to find out what had happened, as there are many excerpts from the incident.
“These behaviors are totally unacceptable and constitute an offensive representation of the vast and vast Native American cultures and practices,” the local school district said in a statement.
Director of the Southern California Chapter of the American Indian Movement and Tribal President of the Rumšen Am: a Tur: ataj Ohlone. Dee Dee Manzanares Ybarra told the outlet: “We are tired of being laughed at. We are not kidding. We are not a costume.