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Social Media, Activism, and Mascots

With Adrienne Keene.
November 20th, 2014
5:00 PM


Following the panel and fashion show, Appropriate? Or Appropriation? Native American Fashion and Identity with Adrienne Keene, Jessica Metcalfe, Susan Scafidi, and Shayne Watson, Keene talked about the role of social media in the movement to remove Native American names and mascots from sports teams across the United States.

Adrienne Keene

Brown University

Adrienne Keene, Ed.D. (Cherokee) Post-doctoral Fellow at Brown University (focusing on Native American access to higher education), author of the blog “Native Appropriations” Twitter: @NativeApprops

Adrienne Keene is the author of Native Appropriations, a blog dedicated to pushing back against stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native peoples. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Adrienne is passionate about reframing how the world sees contemporary Native cultures. Through her writing and activism, she questions and problematizes the ways Indigenous peoples are represented in fashion, the media, and pop culture–asking for celebrities, large corporations, and designers to consider the ways they incorporate “Native” elements into their work. Outside of the blog, Adrienne is a postdoctoral fellow in Anthropology at Brown University, where her research focuses on Native students navigating the college application and transition processes, highlighting stories of resilience and success.