The author of Who Owns Culture? Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law, defined cultural appropriation as follows:
"Taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artifacts from someone else's culture without permission. This can include unauthorized use of another culture's dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, religious symbols, etc.
"It's most likely to be harmful when the source community is a minority group that has been oppressed or exploited in other ways or when the object of appropriation is particularly sensitive, e.g. sacred objects."
"The Cultural Appropriation of ASL: The Unfiltered Truth" by Katie Roberts, Deaf ASL teacher.
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