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Old 02-21-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Need some advice!

Hey everybody. I've got a bit of a problem... So I've been cast in the lead of my schools musical WHOO!!! Problem is, the director wants me to cut my hair!!! I've tried to explain to him that hair is very important to Natives but he said "it'll grow back" or "it's just hair".

I'm kinda freaking out about this. What should I say to him? How could I convince him to let me keep my hair?

Any advice is appreciated!

Even though I'm freaking out I still want to ask...

How's everybody doing today?
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Ummm...NO! There are laws against making Natives cut their hair...which is why I think my ex grew his long.

Of course, this varies from area to area, and just google it and you'll see many Natives that are bucking the system to keep their hair long.

Congrats on getting the lead, but this may be a place where you want to fight for your right to keep your hair long. Just be nice about it and educate your director.
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First, congrats on getting the lead!

If long hair is unacceptable to the director, is it a possible for you to wear a short hair/bald wig? Or, depending on the musical, a hat?

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As for convincing your director...well,

If you were a Muslim female, would the director insist that you remove your head covering? If you were a Jewish male, would the director insist you remove your yarmulke? Or would the director say "No Muslims or Jews in my productions?" In such cases, "It's just a scarf," or "It's just a hat," wouldn't be acceptable responses from the director. You could try and make the argument that hair for you falls into the same category as those two examples.

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More drastically, weigh how important both the lead role and your hair is to you. Sometimes sacrifices need to be made for matters of principle. In years past I've had to turn down opportunities that would've required me to shave my beard (a religious requirement for me). Ask yourself which is more important to you, your hair or the lead role. The answer will guide you in how to proceed.

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Hey everybody. I've got a bit of a problem... So I've been cast in the lead of my schools musical WHOO!!! Problem is, the director wants me to cut my hair!!! I've tried to explain to him that hair is very important to Natives but he said "it'll grow back" or "it's just hair".

I'm kinda freaking out about this. What should I say to him? How could I convince him to let me keep my hair?

Any advice is appreciated!

Even though I'm freaking out I still want to ask...

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By him saying its just hair tells it all. Educate him as to why we grow our hair long. By no means cut it that has happond way to much to us to those who had no choice . You have one .
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Remind him of his cultural insensitivity, today is a time of being culturally sensitive. If it doesn't help take it to his superiors, I'm assuming you are on Pine Ridge? Remind them that hair neither helps you nor hinders you to perform better but if it is a matter of safety you will be glad to put it up, but I'm sure that the leading lady probably has hair somewhere close to your length, and I'm sure it's not an issue for her correct?

I know it will be hard but refrain from using statements, like, would growing some hair make you feel less (insert nationality here; white, Chinese, Hispanic, etc, etc, etc)" Or, "You do know where you are right?" Jus a little humor eh? You gotta look mean or people won't respect you. White people will run all over you if you don't look mean. You gotta look like a warrior! You gotta look like you just came back from killing a buffalo! YEH! LOL
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Here is Zeke's answer..."Cut it off and bow to the white father. Not really. Zeke says hair doesn't make you NDN.

I say..tell the director to shove it up his keister! At 57 years old and having hair past my shoulders for over 40 of those years, it's about your ethics and beliefs. I was asked one time, while working on the oil platforms in the ocean, what would be my answer if it came down to my hair or my job. Without hesitation, I said get a chopper and take me off the platform.

But that's just me.

Sorry RDNKJ, but I don't agree with wearing a short haired wig. That is the same as conforming to the anglo standard of what a 'man' should look like. Just another way our cultures disagree. It's all good.
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Thank you everyone who gave me advice I'll see him today and look him in the eye and tell him what's up (still being respectful though)
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Thank you everyone who gave me advice I'll see him today and look him in the eye and tell him what's up (still being respectful though)
Just remember to be stoic, like a real NDN. ROTFLOL.
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I'm assuming you are on Pine Ridge?
Naw, you're gonna laugh but I'm in Indiana. There's a whole backstory as to why.

Never go to Indiana, it might have Indian in it... but it's a terrible place for Natives.

Thank you for the advice, I gotta get that warrior face on!!!
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Naw, you're gonna laugh but I'm in Indiana. There's a whole backstory as to why.

Never go to Indiana, it might have Indian in it... but it's a terrible place for Natives.

Thank you for the advice, I gotta get that warrior face on!!!
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Because that's where both of those lines came from. LOL

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Ummm...NO! There are laws against making Natives cut their hair...which is why I think my ex grew his long.

Of course, this varies from area to area, and just google it and you'll see many Natives that are bucking the system to keep their hair long.

Congrats on getting the lead, but this may be a place where you want to fight for your right to keep your hair long. Just be nice about it and educate your director.
Thank you for the advice. What should I say to educate him?
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Because that's where both of those lines came from. LOL

I think from now on I'll greet you like
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Do it! Lol
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First, congrats on getting the lead!

If long hair is unacceptable to the director, is it a possible for you to wear a short hair/bald wig? Or, depending on the musical, a hat?

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As for convincing your director...well,

If you were a Muslim female, would the director insist that you remove your head covering? If you were a Jewish male, would the director insist you remove your yarmulke? Or would the director say "No Muslims or Jews in my productions?" In such cases, "It's just a scarf," or "It's just a hat," wouldn't be acceptable responses from the director. You could try and make the argument that hair for you falls into the same category as those two examples.

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More drastically, weigh how important both the lead role and your hair is to you. Sometimes sacrifices need to be made for matters of principle. In years past I've had to turn down opportunities that would've required me to shave my beard (a religious requirement for me). Ask yourself which is more important to you, your hair or the lead role. The answer will guide you in how to proceed.

Good luck/Break a leg!!!

Thank you very much
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I'm going to assume since it's a school production that the "director" is either a teacher or a parent volunteer.

I'm pretty sure as it is up here, that schools/school personnel can not force or knowingly alter the appearance of a student without parental permission or that a college or university level can not mandate a student to alter their appearance either. Check your school's policies on human rights etc...

I'm not sure I can agree with the no wig comment as theatre, stage, TV and films are about make believe and the suspension of disbelief. If the character is portrayed as a blonde and the actor cast for it has black hair then donning a blonde wig isn't a social commentary about the actor but about the character... the actor when they remove the blonde wig is still the same actor with black hair...nothing changes there.

I guess if you aren't a method actor, then whether you get right into your role via personal changes and adaptations isn't going to matter to you... lots of actors aren't method actors - that's why there are makeup artists and wig keepers.

Think of it this way, if the role was say for an alien creature and you had to be covered with latex scales and stuff... would being NDN really matter? If this character has short hair, then wear a wig... or have the hair stylist do something creative with your longer hair... I have hair down to my mid back and every day I have to pin it up under my beret to go to work... from behind I meet the hair above the collar regs every time... it's not that hard to do... lol
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Thank you for the advice. What should I say to educate him?
1. Natives grown their hair long for a lot of reasons, some of which are spiritual. Then tell him why having long hair is important to you.

2. There are laws and policies that allow Natives to keep their hair long, even in dangerous industries as long as it's tied back. And yeah, if the character requires short hair, there are always WIGS.

3. Natives have been forced to cut their hair many times in the past, and now are fighting back. There's several articles regarding this:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_1...74-504083.html
http://www.houstonpress.com/2008-07-...-length-rules/
http://paganwiccan.about.com/b/2009/...-long-hair.htm
http://www.nativeamericannetroots.ne.../601/long-hair

4. According to this article http://corefreedom.com/threads/why-n...ieve-this.250/ there are studies that show diminished 'powers' in guys that cut their hair. HELLO...SAMSON!!

5. Cuz the CHICKS DIG IT!!!
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Not in Indiana they don't lol
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