|Logo for the group fighting to change the VSHS mascot.|
Now I get it, I really do, but I can see both sides not just one. Yes, I suppose that there could be instances where the use of this particular mascot could be seen as detrimental towards the Apache Nation but that had not been my experience at all when I was in school. The way I see it is that these types of mascots symbolize the history of our nation and in a day and age when cultural learning is limited (yes, it happens in the Filipino community as well) I see it as a way of extending the recognition of the Apache Nation.
|Apache mascot circa mid-80's/early 90's.|
|Apache drawing (by a student) used for our senior pages |
in my 1982 yearbook (when I graduated).
|Apache mascot circa late 90's/2000's. |
I believe that this was a student drawing.
|Life size Apache warrior carved from one of the oldest trees on campus.|
I can't recall if it was brought down by disease or construction where it stood.
Yes, times have changed and who knows what goes on nowadays. But no matter what I'm still sad. When I go home I'll have lost part of my identity. Do I continue to say that I graduated from Vallejo High as an Apache or will I have to adopt the new mascot (yet to be determined) to still identify with the school? Truthfully, I feel like I'm losing part of my own identity. But sei la vie...whatever will be will be.
|I will forever be a Vallejo High Apache.|