Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting
Thu 7/6: 7:00p
Presented with community partner Gilcrease Museum as part of Circle Cinema's Native Spotlight Series sponsored by the Flint Family Foundation.
One night only featuring a Q&A with filmmakers and special guests including:
Ben West - Director, writer, and producer
Yancey Burns - Writer and producer
James Riding In - Professor featured in the film
Dr. Derek Jennings - Professor featured in the film
William Riding In - Research and Content Development Specialist, Gilcrease Museum
Q&A moderated by Jenny Keller - Associate Curator of Contemporary Culture and Community, Gilcrease Museum
"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.