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Foundation Studio: Creature Research

This guide is intended for Foundation Studio (ARTS 105) sections taught by Heather Mekkelson.

Cultural Appropriation vs Cultural Appreciation

What is Cultural Appropriation? 

According to the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus, cultural Appropriation is “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture."

Taking an aspect of a culture + not knowing the historical implications of that culture (and refusing to do actual research) = cultural appropriation

How is Appropriation different from Appreciation?

Appreciation seeks to acquire a knowledge and an understanding of another culture, you honor and respect the culture, its practices and history. 
Appropriation is when you take aspects of a culture without acknowledging its history or significance, and there is little to no intention of learning about this culture.

(definitions from SAIC Multicultural Affairs)