Olympic skaters Oksana Domnina, Maxim Shabalin accused of 'cultural theft' by Australian Aborigines

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Do not pay tribute to the Australian Aborigines without asking permission.

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, the favorites for ice-dancing gold in Vancouver, have learned this the hard way.

They've been accused of "cultural theft" by performing a skating tribute to the Aborgines in the European Championships. 

The problem seems to be that there were no traditional moves in their routine, the music reportedly sounded like it came from India or Africa and the body paint is being described by critics as "something a five-year-old had drawn." 

"They have got the whole thing wrong," said Stephen Page, artistic director of respected indigenous group the Bangarra Dance Company. "


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