The Deconstruction of Chief Blackhawk. A Critical Analysis of Mascots & The Visual Rhetoric of the Indian (2021)
The Deconstruction of Chief Blackhawk: A Critical Analysis of Mascots & The Visual Rhetoric of the Indian is a qualitative critical analysis of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks' mascot, Chief Blackhawk. Through a decolonizing deconstruction of various Indigenous stereotypes, this book examines the ethical and moral consequences of the continued use of disparaging Indigenous imagery for professional sports mascots, dominant White society’s reliance on the Indian as the measure of American identity, and the ramifications of colonial control of Indigenous agency, thereby justifying Westward expansion.
The Deconstruction of Chief Blackhawk is appropriate for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses in rhetoric, visual rhetoric, communication, cultural studies, visual studies, art, critical theory, and psychology. It also serves as an insightful resource for researchers, scholars, and educators interested in visual, critical, and cultural studies.
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Rising from generations of oppression, the Anishinaabeg of today are fulfilling
prophecies of the past and fighting to protect their future. WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive,
in partnership with Grand Valley State University’s Native American Advisory Board
and the Kutsche Office of Local History, presents the Emmy Nominated (2017) story of West Michigan’s urban Native community and two people's journey to Standing Rock, to stand at the greatest Indigenous gathering since Wounded Knee and much more.
The aim of this Emmy Nominated (2021) four-part series is to forward Indigenous and other minority's voices and works to reshape colonial narratives that have been imposed upon Indigenous people since the founding of this country. This project is but a small step towards decolonizing our thought-processes and working towards a sustainable and equitable future. One way to start to understand the decolonization of western ideological constructs is through a cultural reframing of food and food sovereignty.
Shaping Narratives (Listed in broadcast order):
I am not Crow says Tonto. 2020. 11"X17". Photograph.