Dr. Michael Taylor of Colgate University to Speak at Wells

Taylor will discuss his book "Contesting Constructed Indian-ness" and the use of Native American representations as mascots.




12:30 pm


Hostetter Lecture Room (209), Stratton Hall

General Info

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Wells College presents a guest lecture by Michael Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies at Colgate University. Dr. Taylor will discuss his new book, “Contesting Constructed Indian-ness: The Intersection of the Frontier, Masculinity, and Whiteness in Native American Mascot Representations.” The book discusses the creation and use of mascots based on Native American cultures in terms of ethnicity, gender and geography. Taylor’s talk will take place at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, in the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall.

Controversy and debate over Native American representations as mascots goes back many years, but the issue has recently gained national attention as representatives from the Oneida Nation work to influence a professional football team to change its name. Dr. Taylor spoke about the topic on WSYR TV in May.

Taylor is a member of the Native American Steering Committee, the American Anthropological Association, the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. While completing his doctorate at Syracuse University, he was the first recipient of Wells’ Juliana James Native American Scholar Fund.

This event is sponsored by the Juliana James Native American Scholar Fund. The fund supports campus diversity initiatives, the First Nations and Indigenous Studies minor, Peachtown Native American Festival, and visiting scholars. Juliana James (1913-2000) was an artist who was widely respected as an advocate for women’s reproductive rights and social justice. She founded Santa Fe Woman’s Services, was a fundraiser for the Women’s Health Clinic and risked her life as an anti-Vietnam War activist. James is the grandmother of Wells Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies Vic Muñoz.

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