This chicken like dance was what the Baker County High School History Club taught the pre-schoolers in November.

Video: Florida High School's Horrific Display of Cultural Stupidity

ICTMN Staff
12/31/13

A video posted to YouTube on November 25, 2013 has been making the rounds and upsetting to some. In it the Baker County High School History Club in northern Florida is supposedly sharing Native American culture with pre-schoolers. But what happens in the video can only be described as a racially ignorant display.

It opens to one student reading how tribal men and women spend their time, then pans over to a group of white girls dressed in fringed dresses in front of a teepee.

They whoop when the men—white high-school boys wearing fake headdresses and “war paint”—return.

The pre-schoolers have also been dressed in construction paper headdresses and are then taught a “traditional dance.” The dance looks something like the chicken dance and includes music with lyrics like “turkey time” and “gobble gobble gobble jump.”

Most viewers who rated the video gave it a thumbs down, and many commenters are letting the school and administration know how they feel.

Jackie Clayton says “This is beyond ignorant. It's retarded and disgusting. If you want to teach kids about Native culture try asking the Natives to get involved. We are still around you know.”

Others called it “shameful” considering that the Seminole are close by. Yet others said it showed immense amounts of “disrespect.”

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Submitted by value116 on
Gross and Disgusting! What ignoramous was in charge and authorized this stupidity??? They need to shut down that poor excuse of a "history club" and start all over again, from the beginning, with genuine Native American/First American/indigenous support. It's not that hard.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I work with the public schools in my city and all clubs in our high schools and middle schools must have a member of the staff or faculty as a sponsor. I personally sponsor "The Surrealist Society" in my high school. We're a student art group that concentrates on the surrealist genre and have been asked to paint murals throughout our school. If the students in my club paint (or draw) something inappropriate, I am solely responsible and will be called upon to answer for it. Hopefully the same is true in Florida and a member of the staff or faculty of this school will be severely chastised. Frankly, this is so inappropriate ESPECIALLY for a history club that I hope the club is disbanded with disgrace and the school sponsor suffers some serious discipline. Of course, we'll hear the usual "oh, you're just overreacting," or "we didn't mean nothing by it, " or "we were just funn'in" and those responsible will not suffer. This is nothing new to Native people who still suffer indiscriminate racism from Whites. We live in the land of racism. We were the first in this country to be discriminated against, and we will be the last to shed these shackles.

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Submitted by AshD11 on
People are taking this video far too seriously. The history club was trying to entertain PRESCHOOLERS and KINDERGARTNERS. Their goal was NOT historical accuracy, it was meant for entertainment of the children only. Children that young think about stereotypical pilgrims and Indians around Thanksgiving time, and this was just an entertaining thing for them to watch and participate in. As for the dance, it was something simple that children of that age could easily learn in order to dance along with the performers. Those who see this performance as "racism", and believe that the history club should be "disbanded with disgrace" are being overly dramatic and irrational.
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