Event Title

Examining the Misrepresentation of Native Americans in the Media

Research Mentor(s)

Tara Perry

Description

This study will be focusing on the ways Native American communities are impacted by how they are represented in the media. Specifically, the researcher will analyze how sports teams and media affects how they view themselves and how they cope. This will be done by examining the culture of the NFL team The Washington Redskins, in addition to other media texts. This connects to mainstream society’s perception of Native Americans, which plays a role in how they view themselves. This type of research is beneficial in understanding the dynamics of media and Native American culture, and in understanding how this isolates Native American communities from our society. The media contributes to painting a picture of them that is not accurate, and even degrading of their culture. This study will also explore how our society shuns Native American communities for celebrating their culture, yet also profits from appropriating their culture through the media—this is important because it shows how the media diminishes the violent history of the word “redskin” and what Native Americans had to endure. Based on these aspects, the researcher will explore how their communities cope.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

May 2018

End Date

May 2018

Location

Communication Studies

Rights

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Language

English

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Examining the Misrepresentation of Native Americans in the Media

Communication Studies

This study will be focusing on the ways Native American communities are impacted by how they are represented in the media. Specifically, the researcher will analyze how sports teams and media affects how they view themselves and how they cope. This will be done by examining the culture of the NFL team The Washington Redskins, in addition to other media texts. This connects to mainstream society’s perception of Native Americans, which plays a role in how they view themselves. This type of research is beneficial in understanding the dynamics of media and Native American culture, and in understanding how this isolates Native American communities from our society. The media contributes to painting a picture of them that is not accurate, and even degrading of their culture. This study will also explore how our society shuns Native American communities for celebrating their culture, yet also profits from appropriating their culture through the media—this is important because it shows how the media diminishes the violent history of the word “redskin” and what Native Americans had to endure. Based on these aspects, the researcher will explore how their communities cope.