In the 1970s, Halloween costume makers Ben Cooper and Collegeville, both offered Native American Halloween costumes for children. Today, they’re rare because people have figured out that — hey, this stuff is offensive to Native peoples and maybe you should stop doing it. Probably can’t say it better than the 2013 campaign: “It’s a culture, not a costume.”
Nevertheless, the little Indian costumes were quite popular throughout the 20th Century. I remember seeing a lot of them during my own trick-or-treating years. They’re in poor taste, but I wanted to document them here just the same. Here are a two more snapshots I’ve snagged for the Gen X photo archive.
What do you think of Native American Halloween costumes and mascots?