Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting

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.

Awards/Screenings/Special Events

Finalist, 4th Annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film.

Official Selection, imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival.

Featured Film Presentation, We The Peoples Before at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Featured Film Presentation, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in
Washington, DC.

Featured Film Presentation and Los Angeles Premiere, Autry Museum of the American West in
Los Angeles, CA.

About the series:

WVIFF and The Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema Present Movies That Matter Mondays – Each month, we will work with a community organization to show an issue-oriented and compelling film relating to their mission. At the first screening of the film, the community organization will participate in a discussion with the audience. The film will show for the rest of the month on Mondays.