(THUNDER BAY, ONT) – Some local artists had a rough experience at a local festival this weekend.
One artist posted in her group, “I was told by the organizer (very kindly) that some indigenous people were offended by my dream catchers, as I am not Aboriginal.”
“I am now being personally messaged and attacked on the pages of some people, which has hurt me very deeply.”
“Bullying people and making public posts is not the way to educate people on your opinion or stance. I make dream catchers for my own anxiety relief, and have loved making them for years.”
“I am now being bullied and have been caused a lot of anxiety over this. My dream catchers are NOT authentic and I do not claim them to be. I do not tolerate bashing myself or my business on my page.”
“I imagine that I will get some rude comments on this post, however, I know I have a lot of lovely customers that are still supportive. For that I appreciate.”
“This whole situation has caused me much anxiety and I hope to make it better for ALL parties involved even if that means not bringing dream catchers to events anymore.”
“My intention was never to hurt anyone, and anyone that knows me personally understands that.”
The artist wishes not to be named due to ongoing harassment.