Why not ‘Pocumtuck’ mascot?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I don’t understand the resistance to changing the Turners Falls High School mascot.

What I keep hearing is that it’s based in nostalgia and that it’s meant to honor those who once lived here. I’m confused about this, because the mascot is what is traditionally a plains Native American, and the name is what has now been termed a derogatory alternate name for the Native Americans.

If the mascot and name were truly meant to honor those who have lived here, wouldn’t the team name be Pocumtuck and be a more accurate representation of the natives who once dominated this landscape?

Hannah Roberts

Turners Falls