Myth: Mascots Show Respect to Indigenous Peoples

REALITY: Mascots = cultural identity theft

Bits and pieces of Aboriginal culture have been swiped by non-Aboriginal pro sport and school athletic teams for use as team mascots and logos. If you ask 100 First Nation people what they think about each example, you’re likely to get 500 opinions. It’s a divisive issue on which everyone has something to say. APTN Investigates gets to the root of the reasons why and examines what effect this “Cultural Identity Theft” is having on the collective psyche of Aboriginal people, featuring Susan Shown Harjo. (excerpt from the APTN website)

Posted January 2014


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