Gov. Fallin’s daughter defends headdress photo

By KRISTI EATON, AP Published: March 7, 2014
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The daughter of the governor of Oklahoma is defending herself after she posted a photo wearing a Native American headdress on social media sites.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Gov. Mary Fallin’s daughter, Christina Fallin, says that with age, she feels a “deeper and deeper connection to the Native American culture.”

The 26-year-old posted a photo of herself on her Instagram account and the Facebook page for her band on Thursday evening.

Christina Fallin, who is not Native American, says she wore the red-and-white feathered headdress with the “deepest respect” and asks that people forgive her for wearing beautiful things.

Headdresses were historically worn by Native American war chiefs and warriors who received feathers for good or heroic deeds. They are still worn in modern-day ceremonies.