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  •  To date, there are over 1,500.. (6+ / 0-)
    ..Junior high, high school, college, and professional teams using logos, nicknames, and mascots of Native Americans. This figure has dropped from the staggering 3,000 in the mid 1950's and 60's.
    I learned something today from all the comments. Especially learning about the cruelty surrounding the word 'squaw'. I had know idea; the sadistic side of it - thx Aji for the learning

    This fixation with First Nation names is a mystery to me.

    After learning/now realizing that at one time 3,000 usges of NDN names or sound alike NDN words  I'm confused by why. Why is/was using first nation names so common, especially in connection to sports - games of conquest, territorial gains, capturing the opponents..whatever ?

     Is it part of the conquerors prerogative? to toss around the vanquished remains of a people that one has beaten down? It kinda seems that way to me.

    I'm glad of this discussion challenging this naming weirdness, or whatever it is.
    Also too: what with all the neocons squealing about cuts to the military, including Cheneys' latest non-sense, "washington chickenhawks" seems fitting

    •  My understanding, from a school project I did, (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, paradise50

      is that they really started to pick up during the boarding school era.

      Sometimes, there would be sports events where one side was the local native boarding school and the other wasn't.

      So, the boarding school kids went back to the boarding school after the game was over. And then the teams in pick-up games at the non-native schools started using names like 'Indians' and 'Braves' for one side sometimes. And after that pattern was established, the names started to come up in votes for school mascots.

      The use of school team mascots predates the use of First Nation related terms and images for mascots. Our sports have done fine without them before, they can do fine without them again.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 08:37:02 PM PST

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