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Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting

Imagining the Indian is a comprehensive examination of the movement to eradicate the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive. The film takes a deep-dive into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight. The psychological research is clear, the use of Native American mascots is detrimental, not only to Native people, but to marginalized groups everywhere.

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Educational Curriculum Sneak Peek

Representation of Natives in Mainstream Culture

The documentary team is working with film participants and educators Dr. Odia Wood-Krueger (Métis) and Dr. Derek Jennings (Quapaw/Sac & Fox), in partnership with the National Indian Education Association, to develop an online curriculum for PBS Learning Media. The program, easily accessible and provided free of charge, will have its own landing page consisting of targeted learning modules to be paired with clips from the film. The learning modules listed below will be developed for students in elementary, middle, and high school as well as teachers, parents, and other adults who work with these age groups.

The purpose of this module is to highlight problematic patterns that have characterized Native American representation in mainstream media; to question these representations in terms of their (in)accuracy and promotion of stereotypes; and present examples of Native American artists across media types to show the benefits of the growing contemporary movement of Native Americans depicting ourselves and our cultures.

This page will redirect to the Imagining the Indian collection on PBS Learning Media when it is live. Stay Tuned!

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