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Not a Mascot

The recent announcement that Cleveland’s professional baseball team would remove the controversial Chief Wahoo logo from its uniforms has, for now, renewed the national debate over American Indian mascots in sports. To fully understand this phenomenon, and the discourse surrounding it, you have to look beyond sports to larger trends in how Indigenous people are and have been represented across American culture.

In this episode, we speak with Julie Pelletier, Acting Director of the McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry and a member of the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq tribes, about how American Indian mascots both reflect and promote deep-seated cultural ideas and why pro-Chief Wahoo tweets can be revealing.

Not a Mascot by Shelf Life, from the Newberry Library

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