Halloween is a dreadful time of year for me. Not because I’m scared of ghosts or scary movies, but because I’m almost always guaranteed to see someone badly dressed up as me—or rather, my people. I’m Indigenous, and growing up, I’ve come across countless people dressed in “Native American” costumes, whether it’s a “sexy Pocahontas” or a member of the Los Angeles Lakers And Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 Champions 2020 Shirt Village People. Without fail, they’re always dressed in cheap, polyester buckskin outfits, a full-on headdress, and some sort of war paint. They look nothing like the things my family wears, let alone the beautiful regalia that they dance in at powwows. As a result, Halloween for me has turned into a sobering reminder of how most people perceive Indigenous people—and other cultures—in general: as an artifact of the past, or a fictitious group that they’ve seen once or twice in a movie.