Greta Van Fleet apologizes for appropriating Indigenous culture

Greta Van Fleet singer and songwriter Josh Kiszka has apologized for appropriating Indigenous culture in costumes used on stage that are at least five years old.

“I took the time to listen and collect my thoughts,” Kiszka wrote on Instagram. “My appreciation for Aboriginal culture is greater than myself. I recognize the harm ignorance can have on marginalized communities, something I would never wish to perpetuate.

Kiszka said the Chippewa tribe, in particular, had a profound impact on his life, having been exposed to their ceremonies and customs during his early years growing up in Michigan and making a charitable donation to First Nations Development. Institute.

The move comes after the #SpeakUpGVF social media campaign advocating for Indigenous issues called out Kiszka for posting a series of photos from 2017 showing him and his friends “wearing copies of sacred Indigenous vestments.”

“These photos have never been addressed or removed despite being culturally appropriate and offensive to various Indigenous cultures,” read the #SpeakUpGVF statement. “Indigenous fans and those practicing the covenant have tried to contact Josh and ask him to remove the photos and address cultural appropriation, but he continues to remain silent and the photos continue to remain visible.”

The statement adds: “Keeping silent about this is upsetting and ignorant, as it supports racist ideologies that Indigenous cultures are just a costume, when they are sacred and not open to appropriation.

In his message, Kiszka went on to say that “hate, disrespect and prejudice of any kind are not welcome in this community.” He added: “Becoming an adult, I was able to grow and learn. This growth has not stopped and will not stop here.

The band recently revealed rescheduled dates for their Dreams in Gold Tour. The spring tour was postponed until the fall, following the hospitalization of guitarist and brother Jake Kiszka, hospitalized with pneumonia in March.

Photo: Alysse Gafkjen

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