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Against Animal Natures: An Anthropologist’s View

Barbara J. King ,

In the waters off Cape Cod, a humpback whale named Touché circled below a school of fish. According to a report in The New York Times, Touché caused a stream of bubbles to emerge from his blowhole; the bubbles acted like a net and effectively herded the fish into a contained area.For using this smart feeding strategy, Touché...

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    What Is Your Tribe? Lindsay Starke ,

    On February 21, 2007, Chief Illiniwek danced for the last time. The man had been through a lot of turmoil in recent years, and his last dance was met with both sadness and a sort of weary relief. His friends considered him a dignified symbol of years gone by. His opponents, however, had watched his revelry in disgust and anguish. Illiniwek was the mascot of the University of Illinois, a so-called Illini tribesman dressed in Lakota Sioux garb. His final appearance at a basketball game ended a controversy that was not unique to the team, or even to the sport. The retirement of the Chief Illiniwek figure was just the latest example of the clash between sports fans and some indigenous American groups regarding the usage of native people as mascots—a clash that bespeaks tribal feelings both old and new.