Learning can be fun.

It's just crazy some of the things you see and take for granted. Then someone instills in you a deeper knowledge. Facts can be fun, knowledge is power.

Drida Hyde.

March 18, 2019

via Cigar Cut Up post

"I thought I would share with you all the results of a little research I did on why there are Native American wood carvings outside Cigar lounges and Tobacco retail shops.

The use of the wood carvings started in the 1600's in England and became popular in America during the 19th and early 20th century in response to the booming tobacco trade.

Why? They served as a symbol for those that weren't able to read or speak English. This was a visual to indicate a location of tobacco sales. Why Native American as a symbol? Allan Katz, an Art Appraiser, said "the reason for it is the Indians taught the settlers how to raise, plant & harvest tobacco" and thus was considered a form of appreciation.

Currently, these symbols represent a more complicated message that includes both appreciation and disapproval.

What are your thoughts?"

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