As followers of STALM you aren’t exactly who we need this type of messaging to reach in order to educate others about the negative phycological effects Halloween costumes and mascots have on native youth and all youth in general. Below is a quote from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Education director Tesia Zientek talking about how offensive wearing a head dress as a Halloween costume is:

“There are stories of people who have headdresses in which every single feather was gifted as a result of an act of honor or an act of battle and
pieced together to then be gifted to this person.” 

She equated donning a fake headdress on Halloween to pinning on a fake Purple Heart simply for fashion.