Check out Tomahawk Tassels “The Cherokee Seductress.” She is a burlesque dancer who is based out of New Orleans, but travels to various burlesque shows all over the world (she took part in the London Burlesque Festival last April). Her outfit and her performance are quite campy and kitschy.
She states on her MySpace that her ethnicity is Native American, although she hasn’t responded to my request in further information regarding her heritage. When doing research for a burlesque article for Spirit Magazine last year I realized that there are a lot of debates about who can do ethnicity-based types of burlesque performances. Many don’t feel that it is culturally sensitive to appropriate from other cultures. Also burlesque troupes found that their wasn’t enough cultural diversity represented in the burlesque world.
While Tomahawk Tassels Cherokee status remains unknown, it is clear that their is room for a more diverse population to be represented in the burlesque world. Too bad Tomahawk Tassels burlesque classes are too far to check out.