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Bell Ringer: American Indian Sports Names and Mascots

American Indian Sports Names and Mascots

Paul Chaat Smith,Associate Curator at the “Trail of Tears” gallery at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., discussed how Native American names and images are used by sports teams.

Description

Paul Chaat Smith, Associate Curator at the “Trail of Tears” gallery at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., discussed how Native American names and images are used by sports teams.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to Mr. Chaat Smith, how do fans generally choose their favorite teams? What role do sports play in everyday life?
  • Based on Mr. Chaat Smith's discussion, how is American Indian imagery in sports different than other ethnic groups?
  • What are arguments that Mr. Chaat Smith discusses for and against using American Indian imagery for mascots and logos?
  • What are the trends in the use of American Indian mascots and images?
  • Describe how American Indian mascots and images are used by different sports teams.

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • American Indian
    • Ethnic Group
    • Imagery
    • Logo
    • Mascot
    • National Basketball Association
    • National Football League
    • National Hockey League
    • Native American
    • Normalize
    • Slur
    • Stereotype

    Topics

    Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity