Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy

Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy

by C. Richard King
     
 


A growing controversy in recent years has arisen around the use and abuse of Native American team mascots. The Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Florida State Seminoles, and so forth—these are just a few of the images and names popularly associated with Native Americans that are still used as mascots by professional… See more details below

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A growing controversy in recent years has arisen around the use and abuse of Native American team mascots. The Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Florida State Seminoles, and so forth—these are just a few of the images and names popularly associated with Native Americans that are still used as mascots by professional sports teams, dozens of universities, and countless high schools. This practice, a troubling legacy of Native–Euro-American relations in the United States, has sparked heated debates and intense protests that continue to escalate.
 
Team Spirits is the first comprehensive look at the Native American mascots controversy. In this work activists and academics explore the origins of Native American mascots, the messages they convey, and the reasons for their persistence into the twenty-first century. The essays examine hotly contested uses of mascots, including the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, and the University of Illinois's Chief Illiniwek, as well as equally problematic but more complicated examples such as the Florida State Seminoles and the multitude of Native mascots at Marquette University. Also showcased are examples of successful opposition, including an end to Native American mascots at Springfield College and in Los Angeles public schools.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803277984
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
435,146
Product dimensions:
0.78(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author


C. Richard King is an assistant professor of anthropology at Drake University, and Charles Fruehling Springwood is an assistant professor of anthropology at Illinois Wesleyan University. King and Springwood are coauthors of Beyond the Cheers: Race As Spectacle in College Sport.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Imagined Indians, Social Identities, and Activism1
Pt. 1Inventions
1Chief Bill Orange and the Saltine Warrior: A Cultural History of Indian Symbols and Imagery at Syracuse University25
2Becoming the Indians: Fashioning Arkansas State University's Indians46
3Wennebojo Meets the Mascot: A Trickster's View of the Central Michigan University Mascot/Logo64
4Sockalexis and the Making of the Myth at the Core of Cleveland's "Indian" Image82
Pt. 2Whiteness
5The Fighting Braves of Michigamua: Adopting the Visage of American Indian Warriors in the Halls of Academia109
6The Best Offense ... Dissociation, Desire, and the Defense of the Florida State University Seminoles129
7At Home in Illinois: Presence of Chief Illiniwek, Absence of Native Americans157
Pt. 3Activism
8Fighting Name-Calling: Challenging "Redskins" in Court189
9Last of the Mohicans, Braves, and Warriors: The End of American Indian Mascots in Los Angeles Public Schools208
10Escaping the Tyranny of the Majority: A Case Study of Mascot Change221
Pt. 4Interventions
11In Whose Honor?, Mascots, and the Media241
12Educators and Mascots: Challenging Contradictions257
Pt. 5Complications
13Uneasy Indians: Creating and Contesting Native American Mascots at Marquette University281
14Playing Indian and Fighting (for) Mascots: Reading the Complications of Native American and Euro-American Alliances304
Epilogue: Closing Arguments, Opening Dialogues328
Contributors337
Index341

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