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A growing to be controversy in recent times has arisen round the use and abuse of local American group mascots. The Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Washington Redskins, Kansas urban Chiefs, Florida kingdom Seminoles, and so forth—these are only a number of the photos and names popularly linked to local americans which are nonetheless used as mascots by way of specialist activities groups, dozens of universities, and numerous excessive faculties. this custom, a troubling legacy of Native–Euro-American family within the usa, has sparked heated debates and extreme protests that proceed to escalate.
 
Team Spirits is the 1st accomplished examine the local American mascots controversy. during this paintings activists and lecturers discover the origins of local American mascots, the messages they impart, and the explanations for his or her patience into the twenty-first century. The essays learn hotly contested makes use of of mascots, together with the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, and the college of Illinois's leader Illiniwek, in addition to both challenging yet extra complex examples corresponding to the Florida kingdom Seminoles and the multitude of local mascots at Marquette collage. additionally showcased are examples of profitable competition, together with an finish to local American mascots at Springfield university and in la public schools.

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