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In Whose Honor?

by Jay Rosenstein

American Indian mascots in sports

The Cleveland Indians. Washington Redskins. Atlanta Braves. What's wrong with American Indian sports mascots? This moving, award-winning film is the first of its kind to address that subject. In Whose Honor? takes a critical look at the long-running practice of "honoring" American Indians as mascots and nicknames in sports. It follows the story of Native American mother Charlene Teters, and her transformation into the leader some are calling the "Rosa Parks of American Indians" as she struggles to protect her cultural symbols and identity. In Whose Honor? looks at the issues of racism, stereotypes, minority representation and the powerful effects of mass-media imagery, and the extent to which one university will go to defend and justify its mascot.

quoteA graphic and eloquent examination of racism in sports and so called 'higher education'. Catching bigotry at its most virulent, this film requires no interpretation -- it speaks directly to the problems without blinking.
Vine Deloria Jr.
Professor of Native American History, University of Colorado

quotePowerful in engaging students in critical thought about race. Students will not only gain a better understanding of the treatment of Native Americans, but also the interconnections of the experiences of many racial and ethnic groups.
Tracy Ore
Professor of Sociology, St. Cloud State University

quoteA fascinating case study of free speech and culture clash.
The Tampa Tribune

quote'In Whose Honor?' is a sensitive, balanced treatment of a controversial human rights issue.
Alison Dundes Renteln
Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California

Gary Handman
Video Librarian
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  • PBS National Broadcast, POV
  • Gold Apple, National Educational Media Network
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Fest
  • Finalist, Distinguished Coverage of Race & Ethnicity in America, Columbia University School of Journalism
  • Award of Commendation, Society of Visual Anthropology
  • Native American Film & Video Festival, New York, NY
  • American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

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NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD! The DVD release includes three deleted scenes and an extended interview with activist & artist Charlene Teters. Closed-captioning available on VHS only.

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