top of page
  • ckumpula5

Why Not Us?

Updated: May 27, 2021

By Carlo Kumpula (October, 2020)

One of the first questions asked with regard to my book on Wisconsin mascots is, "Why didn't you include --------------?" You can insert your own mascot here if it isn't featured in the book.

The answer is found in the fourth paragraph of the book's Introduction. Regarding the mascots I wrote about, I said; "These unusual mascots often tell stories. They offer clues about types of industries, historical events, famous people, or unique geographical features of Wisconsin. They help to describe different PLACES."

I wrote PLACES in all capital letters because PLACE is one of the primary themes of geography, along with LOCATION, HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION, MOVEMENT, and REGIONS.

In everyday terms, PLACE answers the question, "What's it like there?" Is it a port city or is it inland? What type of economy does it have? Why are people drawn to that place, is it near a state or national park? Who were some of the first settlers? Did a famous event occur there? Who was the town's most famous resident? These are some of the things that distinguish one PLACE from another.

So if I omitted your school from the stories, I meant no ill will. I wanted to feature the most descriptive mascots; those that speak to the PLACE. I did mention many others in the word find puzzles and the matching activity. I also included the YOUR TURN activity, which allows the reader to think about his/her own school or community or another elsewhere. If that school has a current mascot that is relatively common or one that lacks a "back story," perhaps the reader can do some thinking about what makes that community special and devise an "alternative" mascot that would be more descriptive.

48 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

This blog post is designed to give teachers/parents some ideas with regard to mascots that may be seen as controversial or inappropriate. Some mascots have been under attack for years; other controver

By Carlo Kumpula (October, 2020) We live in sensitive times. With the events of 2020 helping to further divide an already divided nation, many sports mascots have come under fire. In the wake of the

Post: Blog2_Post
bottom of page