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Khloe Kardashian angers Native Americans on Instagram (Photo)

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Khloe Kardashian has offended some Native Americans by wearing a traditional headdress at her niece's first birthday bash and posting a photo to her Instagram account.

The photo, published on June 20, is captioned, "Ray of clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granting desire. One with water. #Kidchella my first Coachella!!!" which has some up in arms because of the blatantly commercial nature of the post.

Either Khloe Kardashian is unaware of the reverence Native Americans feel for this symbol of authority (conferred only after acts of bravery in battle or by making a significant contribution benefitting a tribe) or she just doesn't care.

Calls for her to take down the photo have been ignored and, so far, Khloe Kardashian has made no comment, other than on the original post.

Plenty of outraged followers have voiced their own opinions on the Khloe Kardashian Instagram account, most blasting the reality TV star for her ignorance of Native American customs. But not everyone's complaining.

"You look good!" writes at least one admiring fan. "I have Indian in me and I don't understand why they are saying disrespecting. It's not!"

To be fair, it's likely that most people are not aware that, to a Native American, the wearing of a headdress by a non-native (or anyone undeserving) is akin to pinning unearned medals on a military uniform. It just isn't done.

Pharrell Williams recently found out about that little known fact firsthand after he (so he claims) innocently donned a headdress for an Elle magazine cover and came under intense fire from the Native American community just as he was hitting his peak of popularity. The "Happy" singer has since profusely apologized.

So, it would seem that Khloe Kardashian should have known better than to wear a Native American headdress in public.

Doesn't she read the papers?

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