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From my personal experience, I find that a little more than half (65 - 70%) of Native people raised around their ceremonies and their respective communities (such as reservations, Pueblos, Rancherias) do find them offensive. Most of these people participate in their Native ceremonies such as Sundances, sweat lodge ceremonies, pow wows, song and dance and numerous other ceremonies that I have had the honor or witnessing. Most don't follow sports and don't seem to care. It seems to me the older generations seem to have a stronger opinion against mascots than the younger generations. I find a majority of Native Peoples who were not raised around Native communities or ceremonies do show support for these mascots. These are Native peoples who live in the cities and urban areas of the U.S and Canada. This is where a majority of the Native population in the U.S live and work. From my experience, the message I hear from these communities is these mascots show honor, respect and pay tribute to Native Americans. I find most of these people have little to no exposure to their tribal ceremonies or teachings. Very few participate in their tribal ceremonies. Yet, they make up a majority of the voice on this issue.
2 years, 3 months ago on Native American mascots - an essay
Thank you for your editorial on this issue. I am a Native American who participates in traditional ceremonies. I am also a big sports fan. As a Native American who participates in traditional ceremonies, I find Native themed logos in sports offensive. I feel the antics that go along with these logos such as the tomahawk chop, the Native themed costumes mocking traditional regalia and the "war" chants and dances are very disrespectful to the traditions of Native Americans. I feel these actions make a mockery of my traditions and culture, and give an inaccurate view of my people. Our ancestors fought and died so these traditions can be kept alive and carried on by future generations. To see these ways be made fun of is disrespectful and wrong.