Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.
in before tumblr screams about cultural appropiation
This doesn’t even count as cultural appropriation
This isn’t a person robbing a culture, to hell with the others
This is a child born right next to that culture
Who was embraced by the people and taught how to do some of the things they do
Which is not the same as cultural appropriation
No cultural appropriation. Just something really beautiful.
I love the picture where she’s cuddling a frog.
Don’t send her to school when she is older.
… no, but wait a minute… This young girl is not indigenous, she was born from French parents. This is glorifying a white body in Africa and tokenizing her as ~amazing~ and ~beautiful~. I highly doubt the majority of you would reblog this photoset if it was of an indigenous African girl instead. Then again, a photoset of an indigenous African girl with white wildlife would be pretty orientalist.
This isn’t cultural appropriation. It’s the Western gaze glorifying the presence of a white girl in Africa. It honestly astounds me that people find this ~fascinating~ when so many indigenous groups mostly in Subsaharan Africa spend their childhoods growing up among wildlife… but no, they’re seen as “primitive” and “barbaric”, where as this is “really beautiful”, primarily because of how it’s a white body.
What’s even more disgusting is that this young child could not have possibly had any idea, at least at the time these pictures were taken, of how she is being used and contextualized to further white supremacy and captivate the Western gaze.
Also that’s really fucking dangerous. God. Why would you let your child do that?