Extended Thru July 24, 2016
Mascots explores the history of mascots depicting American Indians in athletics, addressing the current debate of team names and cultural appropriation. American Indian mascots support the stereotype that assumes all American Indian tribes, with diverse, rich histories and cultures, can be easily grouped and represented as a caricature of one giant tribe. This over-generalization promotes the same type of stereotypes perpetuated throughout the 19th and 20th centuries through popular media and propaganda in the representation of African Americans and other minority groups. Today, these depictions continue the legacy of prejudice attitudes that support the myth that American Indian cultures exist only in the past, not the present.
Mascots is curated by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in partnership with Xavier University.