Native Athletes in Sport and Society

ISBN-10: 0803278284

ISBN-13: 9780803278288

Edition: 2005

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Description: Though many Americans might be aware of the Olympian and football Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe or of Navajo golfer Notah Begay, few know of the fundamental role that Native athletes have played in modern sports: introducing popular games and contests, excelling as players, and distinguishing themselves as coaches. The full breadth and richness of this tradition unfolds in "Native Athletes in Sport and Society", which highlights the accomplishments of Indigenous athletes in the United States and Canada but also explores what these accomplishments have meant to Native American spectators and citizens alike. Here are Thorpe and Begay as well as the Winnebago baseball player George Johnson, the Snohomish Notre Dame center Thomas Yarr, the Penobscot baseball player Louis Francis Sockalexis, and the Lakota basketball player SuAnne Big Crow. Their stories are told alongside those of Native athletic teams such as the NFL's Oorang Indians, the Shiprock Cardinals (a Navajo women's basketball team), the women athletes of the Six Nations Reserve, and the Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School's girls' basketball team, who competed in the 1904 World's Fair. Superstars and fallen stars, journeymen and amateurs, coaches and gatekeepers, activists and tricksters appear side by side in this collection, their stories articulating the issues of power and possibility, difference and identity, representation and remembrance that have shaped the means and meaning of American Indians playing sport in North America.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 266
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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Acknowledgments
Identities, Opportunities, Inequities: An Introduction
Negotiating a Native American Identity through Sport: Assimilation, Adaptation, and the Role of the Trickster
"Looking Backward": The Life and Legend of Louis Francis Sockalexis
World Champions: The 1904 Girls' Basketball Team from Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School
"Winnebago Is a Great Nation!": George Howard Johnson's Life in Baseball
The Forgotten Irish Indian: Ethnicity, Class, and Football in the Life of Tommy Yarr
Playing Football, Playing Indian: A History of the Native Americans Who Were the NFL's Oorang Indians
Women's Basketball on the Navajo Nation: The Shiprock Cardinals, 1960-1980
An Examination of Sport for Aboriginal Females on the Six Nations Reserve, 1968-1980
SuAnne Big Crow: Her Legend and Legacy
A Notable Exception: Notes on Notah Begay, Race, and Sports
No Fall from Grace: Grace Thorpe's Athlete of the Century Campaign for Her Father
Epilogue
List of Contributors
Index
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