ERIC Number: ED129828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Indian Athlete: Exploiting or Exploited?
Salter, Michael A.
It is the purpose of this paper to examine the nineteenth century Canadian Indian lacrosse player to determine whether or not he was exploited by his European counterparts, and if so, the manner in which this exploitation occurred. Caucasian lacrosse enthusiasts sought to promote "their" game by arranging for Indian demonstrations to be staged prior to, or during, important lacrosse tournaments; as a part of fund raising ventures; and in the presence of various dignitaries and members of royalty. The colorfulness of the native and the uniqueness of his game were deliberately used to promote the Dominion abroad and to foster nationalism at home. The native athlete, in return for services rendered, received remuneration in one form or another. While the amounts may not have been substantial, they found a welcome place in the native coffer. While there were obviously some short term pay-offs for the Indian, in the long haul it was the European who stood to gain the most from native involvement in lacrosse. The white man reaped, for as long as possible, whatever dividends he was able, by exploiting the skills of the Indian on the playing field and his salability at the box-office. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the North American Society of Sport History (4th, Eugene, Oregon, June 17-19, 1976)