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TikTok’s #NativeFamily Is A Perfect Way To Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is finally here, and we are taking the time to commemorate and celebrate Indigenous culture.

An initiative that started back in 2009 during the Obama administration, the month of November is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Native and Indigenous communities, and educating Americans to learn more about the rich history of these cultures.

TikTok has recently launched #NativeFamily as a way for creators to share videos about their Native heritage with mass audiences. With content ranging from traditional ceremonial dances in festive garments to recipe videos for cultural dishes, you’ll be left marveled at what you can learn. Here’s a list of our favorite creators who have helped #NativeFamily became such an insightful feature to engage in.

1. @tiamischik

This mother-daughter bond is amazing in teaching us the importance of being proud in our heritage and the importance of feeling confident in our own skin.

Her hair teaching is just *chef’s kiss.*

@tiamiscihk

HAIR TEACHING.❤️💇🏻‍♀️ #hair #indigenous #WellDone #canada #nativeamerican #selflove inspired by @the_land ✊🏽

♬ Dear Katara – L.Dre

We had to throw in just one more video of a beautiful hair teaching that highlights the value of hair in indigenous culture. This is just a beautiful thing to watch.

2. @dineaesthetics

This favorite on our list presented the 3 ways you can do to be a better “ally” to Indigenous Peoples. Make sure to note these really important key points. So many people want to be allies to marginalized communities but there is a way to do it wrong and you want to avoid that.

3. @desertndn & @desiertoindio

This duo shared their beautiful voices to showcase indigenous music, leaving audiences touched at this aspect of daily tradition and custom. Music is such an important part of any culture. Even in Latino culture, you can tell where the music was created based on the instruments and associated dances.

4. @tapache

@tapahe

As Indigenous people… (IPD is not for only one day but we live it everyday) #indigenouspride #beinspired #learnontiktok #tiktokpartner

♬ original sound – Erin Tapahe

“We celebrate the survival of our ancestors. We carry the stories of our ancestors. We are the result of our ancestor’s prayers. We are resilient. Now, it is our turn to continue their legacy.” And these beautiful dancers do that & more.

5. @navabroisss

This creator emphasized the importance of overcoming stereotypes and being proud at the success he has achieved despite others’ implicit bias. We’re so excited to see him overcome those obstacles. Never sell yourself short because people might think you should.

6. @kobykpb

These two Afro-Indigenous creators showed us their pride while dancing in men’s festive garments to represent their unique heritage. The outfits are so amazing and beautiful that it is hard to take your eyes off of them as they dance. Definitely worth some TikTok time.

7. @kkymonn

@kkymonn

Nitsidigo’i 🌽 (Diné Kneeldown Bread)Pre-contact foods of my Diné people #native #indigenous #diné #navajo #nativetiktok #nativepride #fyp #food

♬ original sound – Kymon Palau

This creator gave us a step-by-step recipe on how to make traditional Diné Kneeldown Bread and we are left in awe of the process. Food is so important in showing off who you are and where you come from. Now, go try to make some indigenous dishes at home.

8. @matthatterplays

This creator took to teaching audiences about the history of ancient Foot Messengers, a topic I’m not sure any of us really knew about. This video breaks down the history to show how valuable their tribe position was.

9. @doeknowsthings

@doeknowsthings

Teared up in front of her work – they transmit an energy. Visit if you can! #nativefamily #indigenouspride #tiktokpartner #learnontiktok #witchtok

♬ original sound – Doe Paoro

This creator did an impromptu interview with Lakota costume designer Cathy Smith. The designer spoke about her life as a woman on the reservation and how she was able to translate her cultural upbringing into her garments.

10. @thebrittneyrae

Lastly, we love this roundup of ten foods that you might have not realized are native to the Americas. Next time you eat or cook with these ingredients, you can feel informed on where exactly they originate from.

For more information on Native American Heritage Month and how you can get involved, visit https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov to learn more.

READ: This Indigenous Tik Tok Star Gained a Massive Following By Showing Off the Beauty of Her Culture

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TikTok Suspended A Mexican Politician For Celebrating The Pass Of A Marijuana Bill By Toking

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TikTok Suspended A Mexican Politician For Celebrating The Pass Of A Marijuana Bill By Toking

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TikTok but don’t toke.

Nayeli Salvatori, a Mexican congresswoman who is a representative for the 10th district of the state of Puebla, recently got into hot water with TikTok after she posted a video of herself smoking marijuana. The politician, who is also a member of the Social Encounter Party, uploaded her video with the song “Light my Fire” by The Doors and added text to her video which read, “ya es legal” (it is legal) and “Felicidades” (congratulations). She uploaded the video to celebrate Mexico’s Senate vote to decriminalize marijuana. 

TikTok disabled Salvatori’s account citing a violation of its guidelines.

The TikTok’s community guideline that was violated was one that prohibits users from sharing ‘content that displays drugs, drug consumption, or encourages others to make, use, or trade drugs or other controlled substances.’

After her account was suspended for violating TikTok’s community guidelines, Salvatori went to Twitter to upload the video from TikTok. The video remains there and is now being used to discuss the controversy. 

“It’s been more than a year that the theme of legalization of cannabis has been in talks in Congress, of course, it is a celebration!!! It’s obvious that it will be approved!!! Relax, smoke didn’t come out of the pipe because it didn’t have anything, but I love when my tweets are under fire!” read the tweet which was posted in Spanish. 

Salvatori has since shared her new TikTok account with users online, while she waits to be given access to her old one.

Last Thursday, Mexico’s Senate approved the measure with a vote of 82 to 18 to pave the way to legalize recreational marijuana use.

The bill is not officially law yet, as it originated in the Senate and must go to vote to the House of Representatives. If approved with changes it will go back to the Senate and become official if voted in favor of. 

The bill was opposed by some senators who were worried about children and teenage consumption, but the bill does include that individuals must be over 18 to consume marijuana. 

The measure would allow an individual of legal age to possess up to 28 grams of cannabis and grow up to six plants at home. If there are two people who consume marijuana in the same residence, then they will be allowed to grow up to 8 plants in their home. 

With this new law, drug cartels behind much of the violence in Mexico could be stripped of their control over the marijuana market. 

The lower house is expected to vote on the measure before December 15.

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Claudia Conway’s ‘American Idol Audition’ May Be A Harbinger Of The Trump World’s Post-White House Reality TV Push

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Claudia Conway’s ‘American Idol Audition’ May Be A Harbinger Of The Trump World’s Post-White House Reality TV Push

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The Trump World’s old days of reality television domination might be back to haunt us.

With their leader ousted as president, or having booted them out of their world long ago, plenty of figures in Trump’s inner circle have tried their hand at taking their positions of power and running with them… right onto the reality television screen. You might remember that it didn’t take long for Trump’s political mouthpiece Sean Spicer to take a turn around the Dancing With The Star stage soon after he departed from the White House. Even U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s scorned wife, Louise Linton, recently nailed distribution for her horror film, Me You Madness. Perhaps, it might not be long before we see the likes of Ivanka and Jared taking on their own version of “The Newly Weds” or doing interviews on “The Real Housewives” franchise.

The first to take the plunge post-2020 election?

TikTok hero Claudia Conway. Of course, her reality show push we don’t mind.

Claudia, the teenage daughter of top Trump’s propagandist Kellyanne, is trying out for “American Idol.”

Over the weekend, the teenager with a substantial TikTok following, thanks largely to her efforts to speak out against Trump and in support of Black Lives Matter, revealed that she tried out for “American Idol.”

“Hey guys, I’m here at American Idol confessional, Conway revealed to her followers on TikTok. “I met Ryan Seacrest today and I have my audition soon…. I’m very, very nervous, but very excited.”

The fourth season of Idol on ABC is set to return on Feb. 14. According to Billboard, “Conway seems like a slam dunk, as she’s shown off her impressive vocals on her TikTok account, which has nearly 1.5 million followers; a source close to Idol confirmed that Conway is auditioning for the show.”

It didn’t take long for Conway fans to support her audition efforts.

“Claudia Conway going on American Idol is somehow one of the more shocking parts of this year,” one user commented.

Another Twitter user commented “omg claudia conway auditioned for american idol knowing well she has a platform and could just find connections but decided to prove herself in a competition……….. she’s kinda of an icon tbh”

Of course, there are skeptics. “Why the f*** is Claudia Conway going on American Idol???” One user questioned. “Tf is she supposed to say? Yes, I am currently being emotionally abused by my mother, and most of Tiktok hates me, and yes, my mother is Kellyanne Conway? Can she even say those things considering she lives with Kellyanne??”

If 2020 has proven anything, next year will be quite a year for reality television

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