In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports

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Abstract

The Atlanta Braves. Kansas City Chiefs. Washington Redskins. Cleveland Indians. Native American Indian nicknames have been used in sports for years. So what's wrong?

"In Whose Honor?" takes a critical look at the long-running practice of "honoring" Native American Indians by using them as mascots and nicknames in sports. In this moving and award-winning documentary, Native Americans speak out about the hurtful and harmful effects of stereotyped sports images on both Natives and non-Natives alike.

The program follows the remarkable story of Charlene Teters, a Spokane Indian and mother of two, and her impassioned transformation from a graduate student into a leader of a national movement. Along the way she is spit upon, threatened, even assaulted, yet she never wavers in her mission to protect and preserve her cultural identity for her children. Her commitment earns her enough respect from her community to be called by some "the Rosa Parks of American Indians."

"In Whose Honor?" examines the issues of racism, stereotypes, and the powerful effects of mass-media imagery. It captures the passion and resolve articulated by both sides of this contemporary controversy, and also shows the extent to which one community, that of Champaign, Illinois, will go to defend and justify its mascot.

"In Whose Honor?" was written, produced and edited by Jay Rosenstein, with funding support from The Center For New Television, The Paul Robeson Fund For Independent Media, and The Illinois Arts Council. It had its national television premiere on the PBS series "P.O.V". on July 15th, 1997
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherPBS
StatePublished - Jul 15 1997

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