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Re: “Best place to ponder cultural appropriation

I am honored to know the team Everyday Magic and am so grateful that no matter what they continue to pour their energy into offering everything they can to the community they love in Durham. I have been thrilled to be able to travel with Bakara as she sources the goods offered at Everyday Magic and meets the healers and contributors that she welcomes into her space to promote greater understanding, inclusiveness and healing. I am also intimately familiar with the process, intention and human being behind the aforementioned dreamcatchers created by, yes, a Native American man who treats each offering he creates with the utmost care, respect and honor with the intent of offering a sacred tradition to a community with love and integrity. There are many stores that do profit from unethical business practices when sourcing products created by different cultures. I have learned a great deal from watching the Everyday Magic team and Bakara in particular as they navigate this space in an entirely different way, taking an incredible amount of care to be sure that their practices are ethical, respectful and grounded in integrity and a whole-hearted longing to raise up the creators of all of the products offered and share their process and intention. I have been there as Bakara has met the creators of the these products and watched her engage each person in conversation to be sure that all aspects of their creation are ethical to all parties involved. An equally important part of this exchange aways involves the sharing of her own mission so that the creator understands the intention, space and community where their product will be offered. I have also watched her politely decline those products which are created unethically, without fair compensation or credit to the true creators. Everyday Magic honors products originating from a diverse array of cultures with the aim of respectfully sharing them with a larger community. Understandably, this will attract attention from those who are accustomed to seeing this done in the way that it usually is- with the sole objective of maximizing profit while stripping the products of their original integrity, intention and attribution to the original creator. I hope that as time goes on it will be universally known that that is absolutely not what is occuring at Everyday Magic. Additionally, because the intention and integrity of the space is the backbone upon which the entire business is structured, (as it should be when you are offering these kinds of products), they are fully open and inviting to engage in completely transparent conversation about their practices in order to build a foundation of earned trust in the community. I am so grateful to know that Everyday Magic will continue to focus their resources on conducting business ethically, transparently and aways with the intention of offering every aspect of their space to be in service to the community of Durham.

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Posted by Alexjd25 on 06/17/2016 at 1:55 PM

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