Community Meal, Conversation on Historical Trauma; Chief Wahoo Thrown Out at Home

In this blog:

  • Film and discussion on historical trauma, including screening of the film: “Dodging Bullets: Stories from Survivors of Historical Trauma”
  • Chief Wahoo: The racist logo that won’t go away.

Saturday Event Features Film and Discussion on Historical Trauma and a Community Potluck

Want to have an authentic conversation with someone outside your socio-cultural silo?  Come to non-profit Art to Change the World’s See. Say. Do historical trauma event with a hot dish and an open heart and mind.

The event is this Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5-10 p.m. at the Squirrel Haus, 3450 Snelling Ave S., Minneapolis, MN. Donation request: $0-$25.

Here’s the schedule:

5-6:30 p.m. Dr. Anton Treuer professor, writer and lecturer, will lead a Truth, Healing and Reconciliation discussion, along with Wesley May (Red Lake) and Sarah Edstrom. The discussion event will include a community hot dish meal and will feature Thought Leaders Michael Goze from the American Indian Community Development Corporation; Judge Jim Randall, retired Minnesota Court of Appeals judge; Steve Barberio, Executive Director of Bet Shalom temple; Herman Milligan, African American managing partner of the Fulton Group; members of the Hmong community and others.  This is NOT a panel discussion. The goal is to rip down the silos and have an authentic conversation.

6:30 p.m. Identity mural auctioned for the benefit of Art for a Changing World.  Installation at the location of your choice.

7-10 p.m.: Screening of the film “Dodging Bullets: Stories of Survivors of Historical Trauma,” voted Minnesota’s Best Documentary at the 2018 Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). (Dr. Treuer is featured in the film.) Filmmaker and director, Sarah Edstrom will attend. This documentary chronicles the impact of historical trauma on the lives of Native peoples today, giving voice to their stories of survival and resilience in the face of multigenerational trauma. The film is a collection of experiences that includes a majority of Native voices, along with activists, legislators, and researchers, to illustrate the effects of intergenerational trauma and to help forge a path towards the future. Trailer here.

Chief Wahoo: Gone from the Playing Field, Remains on Merchandise


Chief Wahoo

Slate reports that the Cleveland Indians played their last game wearing the racist Chief Wahoo logo, an 11-3 drubbing by the Houston Astros during the American League Division Series. Appropriately, Chief Wahoo recorded his last out on Oct. 8, Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The team caved into pressure from Major League Baseball to stop using the logo, but still can’t let go completely. The Slate article reports that the team still plans to use the logo on merchandise. The excuse?

“The team will continue to sell Chief Wahoo gear because if it stops doing so, it will lose ownership of the trademark and others will be able to use the symbol as they please,” the Associated Press reported in January.

Comment: Giving the team the benefit of the doubt, let’s say it wants to maintain trademark control so some racist group doesn’t appropriate it. There’s an easy solution: every year, the team could print one or two merchandise items with the logo, sell them to someone in the company, then destroy them. That way the team could control the trademark without disseminating it or profiting from it. Not giving the team the benefit of the doubt, it appears it’s more concerned with money than morality.

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