Dancing at Halftime : Sports and the Controversy over American Indian Mascots (Hardcover)

Author: Spindel, Carol

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Sports fans love to don paint and feathers to cheer on the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Indians, the Atlanta Braves, the Florida State Seminoles, and the Warriors and Chiefs of their hometown high schools. But outside the stadiums, American Indians aren't cheering -- they're yelling racism.

School boards and colleges are bombarded with emotional demands from both sides, while professional teams find themselves in court defending the right to trademark their Indian names and logos. In the face of opposition by a national anti-mascot movement, why are fans so determined to retain the fictional chiefs who plant flaming spears and dance on the fifty-yard line?

To answer this question, Dancing at Halftime takes the reader on a journey through the American imagination where our thinking about American Indians has been, and is still being, shaped. Dancing at Halftime is the story of Carol Spindel's determination to understand why her adopted town is so passionately attached to Chief Illiniwek, the American Indian mascot of the University of Illinois. She rummages through our national attic, holding dusty souvenirs from world's fairs and wild west shows, Edward Curds photographs, Boy Scout handbooks, and faded football programs up to the light. Outside stadiums, while American Indian Movement protestors burn effigies, she listens to both activists and the fans who resent their attacks. Inside hearing rooms and high schools, she poses questions to linguists, lawyers, and university alumni.

A work of both persuasion and compassion, Dancing at Halftime reminds us that in America, where Pontiac is a car and Tecumseh a summer camp, Indians are often our symbolic servants, functioningas mascots and metaphors that express our longings to become "native" Americans, and to feel at home in our own land.

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Publisher New York Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780814781265
SKU 30575170
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0814781268
Release Date 8/13/2012
Table Of Contents <FONT SIZE="+2">Contents </FONT> <P> <PRE> Prologue.............................................................1 Home Game...........................................................10 The Controversy.....................................................13 Myth and Mascot.....................................................28 Races of Living Things..............................................38 Starved Rock........................................................58 That Roughneck Indian Game..........................................69 Sons of Modern Illini...............................................80 Folded Leaves.......................................................96 The Wild West......................................................108 Chills to the Spine, Tears to the Eyes.............................120 The Speakers Have It All Wrong.....................................141 In Whose Honor?....................................................157 Signaling..........................................................169 The Spoils of Victory..............................................173 Coloring Books.....................................................176 What Do I Know about Indians?......................................178 The Wistful Reservoir..............................................185 Dancing............................................................189 Scandalous and Disparaging.........................................199 The Tribe..........................................................211 A Young Child Speaking.............................................224 A Racially Hostile Environment?....................................230 Homecoming.........................................................247 Video Letters......................................................252 </PRE> <!--excerpt-->
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Number of Pages 0308
Publisher New York University Press
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